2019 album also available on CD.
Psychedelic rock duo Foxygen return with a new album called ‘Seeing Other People’ which will be Sam France and Jonathan Rado’s sixth studio album to date and follows 2017s ‘Hang’. The album finds France and Rado tapping into more classic pop and rock sounds, and channeling something they’ve described as “Sad-Boy Plastic-Soul Adult-Contemporary Cartoon-Noir Music.” As its title implies, the album is also about goodbyes and moving on, as France elaborated in press statement:
“Goodbye to the drugs, to the partying. Goodbye to my twenties now, Goodbye to my Saint Laurent-model-body. Goodbye, hopefully, to the anxiety attacks. Goodbye to beating myself up because I didn’t fit into those leather pants anymore. Fuck it. Goodbye to the facilities. And goodbye the leeches in my life.” France noticeably noted that the farewells also apply to touring. “Goodbye to the touring circus — that’s right, no more shows or tours for a while.”
‘Seeing Other People’ is curiously positioned as Foxygen’s most recent last-ever album. With every album the band dies; with every album the band is reborn. But unlike the last-ever Foxygen albums before it, this one seems to have a self-effacing bittersweetness to it that signifies some sort of passing; some sort of white flag. But it sounds in no way like a band giving up.
‘Seeing Other People’ has experiments in tone and genre the likes of which we’ve not heard on aFoxygen record since ‘…And Star Power’, or since ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic’, or since ‘Take The Kids Off Broadway’.