Foals have shared their brand new single ‘Wake Me Up’ – the sort-of-discotastic first taste of a new album, set to follow in 2022.
Frontman Yannis Philippakis says, “There’s a journey that the band has gone on experimenting with different palettes of sound. This time there was a desire to take it back to more of the initial idea of the band where the rhythm, the grooves and the guitars are interlocking architecturally. We wanted to tap into the physicality of music. And we wanted it to feel good.”
Their first song as a three-piece, Yannis adds: “With ‘Wake Me Up’, I just wanted to write a song about transporting yourself to a better, idyllic situation. I think we all had that feeling of the last eighteen months being like a weird fever dream that felt surreal but very affecting. I think we all wished we could have woken up somewhere else at various points.”
‘Wake Me Up’ was produced by John Hill (Portugal The Man, Florence + The Machine, Cage The Elephant), with co-production from Miles James and additional production by A.K. Paul (co-founder of the Paul Institute with his brother Jai Paul). It was mixed by the ten-time Grammy Award winner Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Kanye West, Rihanna).
Hill oversaw the entire new album, alongside Dan Carey (Tame Impala, Fontaines D.C.), James and Paul. The album is described by Yannis as “our version of a dance or disco record” with lyrics which “transport oneself out of the oppression of lockdown and the bleakness of last year.”
You can check out the video for ‘Wake Me Up’ below.