CD Of The Month

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

Ok, so even before you hit play on the new album from Foxygen on Jagjaguwar, it's hard not to admire the title. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic exudes not just confidence and ambition, but a level of creativity and open-mindedness that excites you from the start.

It doesn't take long to realize that the imaginative title is perhaps the only suitable billboard for this collection of psychedelic pop-rock stew.

Foxygen is the band founded and fueled by songwriters Sam France and Jonathan Rado. They caught their break after handing off their music to musician/producer Richard Swift a couple years ago. Swift, impressed, volunteered his recording studio and time to help produce what would become We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. If you're expecting a futuristic collection, there is something unique and progressive about the combination of France and Rado. But the pleasant surprise with this band, and this album, is that for two guys in their early 20s their admiration and love for classic rock and roll is true. The touchstones on this album just scream bands like The Velvet Underground, The Stones, definitely some influence of The Kinks and David Bowie as well. Moments like "Oh Yeah" and "Shuggie" are doused in dreamy California soundscapes. While the infectious "San Francisco" could've been a hit in 1969 with Glockenspiel on full display and an irresistible male/female call and response chorus.

Foxygen carry out their vision, and that's no small task. They don't hold back on their experimental tendencies, yet We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic never feels too left of center. And that's due in part to the music that's influenced of both France and Rado, and how they translate that in their own art. Foxygen deliver an album that pushes forward creatively without forgetting the past.

Another Way To Support WXPN

Buy We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic from Your purchase that starts here, supports WXPN Public Radio.

Your Amazon Purchases Support WXPN

Forget trying to classify them and just listen: Railroad Earth’s Session, and “Katie Cruel’s” importance in music, tonight on...

For the last handful of weeks on Folkadelphia Radio, we’ve been focusing on a featured song, digging a little into its history,...Read More

The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record...Read More

Singer-songwriter Abi Reimold celebrates her EP release this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden

Philly-based songstress Abi Reimold – also a photographer and occasional contributor to The Key – will celebrate the...Read More

DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival...

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a...Read More

Redbull’s Sound Select pairs Philly artists Embarker and Chris Forsyth with Oneohtrix Point Never

Redbull’s Sound Select monthly feature, showcases local artists across the country is bringing some additional recognition to...Read More