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George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Foals return with a fun third single, ‘Looking High, ahead of their new album, Life Is Yours, and repress of their debut, both released on 17th June.

Foals don’t show any sign of slowing down. They achieved a great response from their recent singles, have a new album on the way, are re-releasing their debut ‘Antidote on vinyl and have a huge UK tour coming up with several festival spots.

While not breaking huge new ground for the band, this new single is fun and summery. At this point in their career, you’re going to know if you like Foals or not.

Philippakis’ falsetto vocals carry the track and sound dreamy over the lively instrumental. The instrumentals in the verse have a disco feel, with the jangly drums reminding you of LCD Soundsystem at some points.

The choruses are more ethereal, with the vocals laden with reverb and the guitar playfully supporting. The bass is heavier and all of these elements combine to create a warm dream-poppy glow. The track closes with lively synths jumping all over the place.

The lyrics are riddled with nostalgia and summer memories: “Looking high, looking low, for where all our friends used to go.” It doesn’t particularly matter that the lyrics don’t mean too much as it is easy to drift away with the easy-going pace and feel.

This easy-going-ness is explained by Yannis’s feelings on the track, calling it a “looking back to a more hedonistic time in my life, and a more innocent time in society in general, pre-pandemic and before the existential threat of climate change.”

Listen/watch ‘Looking High’ here:

Pre-order the new album Life Is Yours as well as the repress of Foals’ debut, ‘Antidotes’, both released on 17th June via Warner Records.

Catch Foals at the following:


20th – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
21st – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
23rd – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
25th – Hull, Bonus Arena
26th – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
27th – Brighton, Centre
29th – London, Olympia
30th – London, Olympia


1st – London, Olympia
2nd – London, Olympia
5th – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
6th – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
8th – London, O2 Academy Brixton
29th – Coventry, Radio 1’s Big Weekend


22nd – 26th – Glastonbury
27th – Dublin, Fairview Park
29th – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl, Sounds of the City


8th – Leeds, Millennium Square, Sounds of the City
9th – Glasgow, TRSNMT
23rd – Latitude Festival (HEADLINERS)