Foals have unveiled their new single, “2001“, taken from their upcoming album, Life Is Yours, out June 17th. The song arrives ahead of the band’s performance at an array of major festivals this summer and follows previously released singles, “Wake Me Up”, “2am” and “Looking High”. Listen to it now below.
Life Is Yours is available for pre-order now HERE.
Vocalist Yannis Philippakis said of the new song, “‘2001’ feels like a postcard from the past. We moved to Brighton around that time, we were a young band, and there was the feeling of the first taste of independence. The moment you get those freedoms, you’re surrounded by temptation. The references to beachside candy and Brighton rock are symbols for drugs and hedonism. This was written in the depths of the pandemic winter, and there’s an escapist desire to break out from the feeling of being cooped up, both in terms of the pandemic and adolescence.”
The video “2001” video transports those themes to Costa Brava, Spain to place the song’s nostalgic ambience firmly in the here-and-now. Two young men lug their sofa from their apartment to soak up some rays on the beach. Other vignettes of coming-of-age experiences follow their every move, from the effortlessly cool group of young women who observe their struggle with nonchalant indifference to a couple kissing. When one of the men chews a sweet that everyone seems to be consumed by, his summer day takes on a new hallucinogenic edge.
The video’s modernist nostalgia is heightened by its aesthetic – a washed out palette and Polaroid-style framing. It was directed by ESTEBAN (Arca, Peggy Gou) for the creative production company CANADA.
29th – Coventry, Radio 1’s Big Weekend
22nd – 26th – Glastonbury
27th – Dublin, Fairview Park
29th – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl, Sounds of the City
8th – Leeds, Millennium Square, Sounds of the City
9th – Glasgow, TRSNMT
23rd – Latitude Festival (HEADLINERS)