Released a mere four months ago, the new Foals album marks their tenth year as a band. The British indie/ alternative rock group have drawn inspiration from a number of places, namely the Talking Heads, minimal techno and math rock. Their most recent album, What Went Down, is deemed the “loudest” and “heaviest” by the Foals’ lead vocalist Yannis Philippakis.
Arguably their most popular song is Mountain At My Gates, a substantial and relatable track. It touches on the difficulty of moving forward, especially when even at the beginning of your journey you’re faced with obstacles (or “mountains”). Although the lyrics are compelling, the feeling of angry helplessness is encapsulated by the reaching vocals and heavy instrumentation.
The band’s innovation stretches further than their musical efforts, as can be seen in the video for the album’s second track. At a glance, Mountain At My Gates is the epitome of a rock music video: simple and monochrome. However, if you click and drag within the frame, the city skyline, musicians and mountainous backdrop come to life. Allowing a 360-degree viewing, the 4K quality spherical GoPro video makes every viewing of this a new experience. Throughout the song, the flitting birds that rush towards the camera from every angle become more and more erratic. By the end of the song, the band have disappeared and the mountains – both metaphorical and literal – have crumbled into a surging cloud of dust.
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