Album round-up: Foals, High Highs

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.