Live Video: Foals

photo by Dave Lichterman

Despite being far more complex and introverted, Foals‘ second album, Total Life Forever, was easily a favorite of many KEXP DJs and listeners last year. (In fact, it landed on all three daytime DJs’ top ten lists of 2010!) The more math-rock oriented dance numbers evolved into epic, even prog-like, song structures that took a few critics some time to come around but also resulted in live shows that are sonically dense and dynamic. Yeah, you can still dance your ass off, but no one would fault you also for standing in the back of the hall and just letting the sound wash over you. Just before their sold-out show at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market, Foals did a complete reversal when they appeared live in the KEXP studio. In a stripped down version of the band -- Yannis Philippakis on vocals and guitar, Jimmy Smith also on guitar, and Walter Gervers on bass -- Foals performed mostly acoustic (but still soaking in reverb) versions of “Spanish Sahara” and “2 Trees” from the new album and decided to end their short but intense set with a cover of Angels of Light’s “Public Embarrassment Blues” (from the 2001 album, How I Loved You). Check out the videos here:

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