by Violet Krause
Just in case you were lacking a way of coping with the disheartening feelings of existing lately, Frontman Yannis Philippakis and drummer Jack Bevan have stepped out of the depths to once again throw an anthem of validation into the ring. You aren’t crazy, climate change is real and you’re expected to feel lost in the labyrinth of society. The first few dramaticized strums in the latest Foals single ‘Exits’ makes you sit up a little straighter and finally feel yourself drift into focus. The first single released since the departure of their previous bassist Walter Gervers, followed with the announcement of two full length LPs and a music video directed by Albert Moya, shot in a very snowy Canada right out of the Matrixs.
Philippakis is very open about what was on his mind when the group wrote this particular song and the feeling of relatability doesn’t fail to remain present throughout the songs entirety. Fears such as humans not realising they are creating a man-made apocalypse, the threat of surveillance coming from the increased use of technology and the denial of climate change are a few weights on the groups mind. Its as if the only privacy available comes from a person's own mind, and the state of current events leaves you with no choice but to sit and watch it all unfold. The rich continue to build their underground bunkers in Philippakis’s mind. The music video highlights a few of these themes through a suspenseful sequence of shots that leave you feeling nothing but awake. Foals is back, acting as a vessel of optimism for survival.