Foals Release Three Tracks With London Contemporary Orchestra

British rock band Foals has teamed up with the London Contemporary Orchestra to create new versions of three of their tracks. The collaboration took place as part of Foals’ Apple Music Home Session and resulted in reworked versions of “2001” and “Life Is Yours” from the album, “Life Is Yours”, and “Wash Off” from, “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2.”

Foals’ singer and guitarist Yannis Philippakis spoke highly of the London Contemporary Orchestra, saying, “The purpose of this session was to work with the London Contemporary Orchestra, whose big fans we are. They made amazing music for Paul Thomas Anderson, worked with Johnny Greenwood, made all kinds of amazing orchestrations.” This marks a reunion for Foals and the London Contemporary Orchestra, who previously worked together on Foals’ 2013 album, Holy Fire.

The new versions of the tracks were recorded in a small studio called The Firepit and were created with the help of professional orchestral musicians and engineers. Philippakis expressed his appreciation for the experience, saying, “It was a lot of fun to send them tracks, and Hugh [Brant, co-artistic director and co-director of LCO] deciphered and translated the ideas into different instruments, such as bass saxophone, marimba, vibraphone, unplugged percussion and cello.”

He added, “We tried a few additional approaches, and it was just a creative experience. The last couple of years have taught me that I need music more than anything in the world. And that the power of live music in particular should never be taken for granted. This is the main thing to be human.”

Listen to Foals and London Contemporary Orchestra’s collaboration below


The British rock trio, featuring Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, and Jimmy Smith, are set to return to North America in 2023 as they have bene confirmed as the support act for Paramore‘s upcoming tour.

For more information on Foals, order your copy of Life Is Yours, or see any upcoming tour dates by visiting their website here.

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