Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight On Foxygen
In May 2011, Foxygen‘s Sam France and Jonathan Rado nervously handed off a CD-R of their homemade mini-opus Take the Kids Off Broadway to producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift after his performance in a Lower East Side club. The duo, who had just mixed and burned the disc that very night, had been devotees of Swift’s outsider-pop oeuvre since high school, when they first began recording their own pubescent forays into oddball rock n’ roll (at least a dozen records were finished before they graduated high school).
Foxygen left the venue that night unsure whether Swift would truly listen or sling the disc into a dumpster on his way out. You’re reading this right now because he did listen. In fact, Swift flipped for Foxygen’s bugged out, esoteric majesty and called upon them immediately to say as much.
Eight months later, Foxygen holed up for a week-long recording session at Swift’s National Freedom studio, creating We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, a precocious and cocksure joyride across California psychedelia with a burning, bursting punk rock engine. Foxygen believes each song was a message of peace delivered from cosmic beings who used France and Rado as their messenger vessels.You can decide for yourself.