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This week we feature Foals debut Antidotes. A huge record from my time living in London that I continue to love revisiting. Coming out of math-rock's crossover into charting popularity, Foals first album fused an effective balance of rhythmic complexity with an instinctive ear for anthemic satisfaction. Where the likes of Battles specialised in swirling, progressive instrumentals, Foals kept their compositions tighter, shorter. Their music is exhilerating, and energy matched in their live shows and when I happened to play Cassius during a previous show, I was knocked out of my seat at how punchy it remains.
Along with the record, I'm featuing some other bands with notanle rhythmic complexity, and also noting how easy it is to bridge from the repetitive looping themes in math rock to eclectic electronics and back again.
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