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10 February 2023

Foals Share Tracks Recorded With The London Contemporary Orchestra

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Foals have shared three tracks which they recorded with the London Contemporary Orchestra – listen below.

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The band recorded new versions of 2001 and Life Is Yours from 2022 album Life Is Yours, and Wash Off from 2019’s Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2, as part of their Apple Music Home Session.

“The spin of this session was to work with the London Contemporary Orchestra, who we’re huge fans of,” singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakis said. “They’ve done some amazing scoring for Paul Thomas Anderson, worked with Johnny Greenwood, done all sorts of amazing orchestrations.

“We also worked with them on [2013 album] Holy Fire, and haven’t since, so it was a reunion of sorts. It was a lot of fun sending them the tracks and having Hugh [Brunt, the LCO’s co-artistic director and co-principal director] transcribe and translate ideas onto different instruments, which were the bass saxophone, marimba, vibraphone, untuned percussion, and cello.”

He continued: “Wash Off has lots of instrumentation on it, so it felt good and it’s lyrically apt. We did it in a small studio called The Firepit. We got to work with some amazing engineers, and it was a joy to be working with pro orchestral musicians, and to come up with new ideas on the spot in the room.

“We tried some extra approaches and it was just a creatively liberating experience. The last couple of years have taught me that I need music more than anything else. And that the power of live music in particular is something that should never be taken for granted. It’s central to being a human being.”

Foals have also been picked to support Paramore on their upcoming US tour. “We met Paramore recently in Mexico, which was cool – they were lovely,” said Philippakis. “I read that apparently us and Bloc Party influenced their new record, so it’s wicked that they’re taking both of our bands out on the road so that their fans can understand the connection.

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