We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic - JAGJAGUWAR
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By Kyle Lemmon on February 14, 2013
Sam France and Jonathan Rado—the youthful pair spearheading the Los Angeles band Foxygen—sound like they’re raiding your hip uncle’s record collection. Their deep knowledge of ’60s and ’70s rock tropes was made manifest on their 2012 exuberant, self-recorded EP Take the Kids Off Broadway. Their Richard Swift–produced debut album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is a quantum leap for the group in terms of reinvention and nostalgia-infused songcraft. The duo likened this release to a lost Kinks album and that description rings true on earworm singles such as “In the Darkness,” “No Destruction” and “San Francisco.” Another excellent example of Foxygen’s world-building way is the scene-setting pop of “Shuggie.” It’s the kind of song that inverts the familiar into something wholly alien and exhilarating. This unpredictable first effort is a stirring paean to the golden age of rock.