Foals – Holy Fire
Despite the name sounding like the gusset of a slutty nun, Foals’ Holy Fire comes as one of the more keenly anticipated albums of early 2013. We’ve had a mixed bag from them already – Inhaler took listeners by surprise with it’s raw rock feel, while My Number sent us back to the ghost of Foals past. Holy Fire, despite some tonal inconsistencies, sets up a nice hat-trick for the Oxford band; choruses as in Bad Habit, Late Night, and Out of the Woods affirm that not only is this the first big release of 2013, it might also be the first big success.
High Highs – Open Season
We first came across High Highs through their adorable self-titled EP, showcasing songs like Open Season and Flowers Bloom. Their debut album opens with just as much promise, the gorgeous Milan blending the perfect amount of atmosphere and vocal – not too dissimilar to Foals’ second album in fact. If you’re not sold by 1:30 into this track, we’ll notify local authorities on your behalf as it’s (high) highly likely you have no pulse.