Foxygen
Hang
Jagjaguwar

In stark contrast to their bloated and disjointed 24-track album from 2014, … And Star Power, the fourth album from Californian theatrical-rock duo Foxygen is a more concise and focused affair. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the album’s eight new tracks indulge in similar avant-garde experimentation to the band’s previous releases, but here it embraces, rather than butts heads with, the musical grandiosity. Joined by Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, a big-band orchestra and even a tap dancing solo, vocalist Sam France and keyboardist Jonathan Rado pack so much into each bountiful arrangement that the album feels like it’s at least double its brief running time. Over the glorious funk and soulful brass of opening track Follow the Leader, France still sounds like he’s trying to perfect his Lou Reed and David Bowie impersonations, even more so on the swaggering Avalon and America, the album’s epic centrepiece. Hang is unapologetically widescreen in all its glorious 1970s pomp.