Summer Obsessions: Foxygen's Latest Might Be the Best Album So Far This Year

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In the album's highlight, "San Francisco," France takes us on a tour of the city where he many years ago (what, when he was 7?) "left his love." It plays like a late 1960s love-in jam, a mellow groove featuring the light sounds of bells, flutes and piano tucked underneath France's gentle falsetto. The chorus is a call and response dialogue between the former loves: "I left my love in San Francisco / That's OK, I was bored anyway / I left my love in the room / That's OK, I was born in L.A." Whether there is an actual human object of affection is not certain, as it may be just an ode to a city the Los Angeles natives obviously love, as they earlier reference it as the "door of consciousness." Either way, it is a gorgeous and unique song, one that begs for multiple consecutive listens.

It is nearly impossible to survive the long, hot slog of a Midwestern summer without taking a long road trip in search of preferable climes. Foxygen is an ideal front seat companion, whether you are alone or trying to drown out children who are somehow complaining despite having an arsenal of entertainment their parents could never have dreamed possible. As Baron recommended, just play it on repeat and score another one for German engineering.

Others favorites of 2013 so far:

Deerhunter - Monomania Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold The National - Trouble Will Find Me Kurt Vile - Wakin On a Pretty Daze My Bloody Valentine - mbv

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