Foxygen share new song "America"

The song was recorded with a 34-piece orchestra
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The song was recorded with a 34-piece orchestra
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Foxygen are back after releasing ...And Star Power, the 2014 album some feared might be their last. You see, the band had previously billed the tour dates associated with the album as their “final tour.” While they have not announced another tour, they are performing again—this weekend they’ll bring some vintage grooves to Desert Daze festival in California.

That’s not all though. The drama-prone band—refresher course here—return with an epic six-minute anthem called “America”, which makes use of 34-piece orchestra. It’s a melodramatic and multipartite thing that doesn’t always make a lot of sense. Comparisons to The Beatles’ “Happiness is a Warm Gun” or maybe Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” will probably be flung around, though this one’s a lot less peppy and those classics. Listen below for yourself.

Time for a new album? Maybe. The song’s signaled some social media photo changes, which in 2016 definitely means something’s afoot. Last year Foxygen came back with some brash, Mellow Gold bunk called “24 Hour Lover Man” and that didn’t go anywhere. “America” doesn’t feel like that. It feels like a fuller product. I mean, that orchestra couldn’t have been cheap, right?