Foals and Toro Y Moi set for UK tour
Five reasons to go see nu-prog double header
For their lies, for their sweet little lies
Foals (pictured) are not baby horses, we can tell you that. And Toro Y Moi is not a bull. The former is a Mercury-nominated art-rock quintet from Oxford. The latter is one Chazwick Bundick: a hazy, Carolinian synth-pop bard. Let us give thanks for their factual inadequacies.
For the love of Yannis and Chaz
Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis is partial to amp-surfing, especially over the math-pop judder of 2008’s indie-hit ‘Cassius’. Bundwick, meanwhile, is an onstage magician: he can conjure nostalgic bliss with little more than the flick of a switch.
Because it’ll be ‘like the dream of an eagle dying’
This is how Foals touted their second album, Total Life Forever, released earlier this year. Said reverie must therefore be soundtracked by exotic rock, cosmic electronica and neo-classical grandeur. Bundwick’s no stranger to such terrain either, although his is a lot more hallucinogenic.
For their totally tropical prog
It is thanks to inventive acts like these that ‘prog’ is no longer a term of abuse.
For their titular synchronicity
Toro Y Moi’s 2010 debut album was entitled Causers of This. Foals’ 2008 calling card was called Antidotes. You do the math.
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Sun Oct 31; 02 Academy, Glasgow, Tue Nov 2.