"Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1" is the fifth studio album by British band Foals, released on 8 March 2019 via Transgressive Records and Warner in the UK and North America respectively. The album is considered the first half of a two-piece project, being supplemented by their consecutive sixth studio album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2, to be released in the fourth quarter of autumn 2019. This is their first album not to feature founding member and bassist, Walter Gervers since he amicably left the group in 2018.
The Lowdown: With their first album since 2015’s What Went Down, British indie rockers Foals return with their most ambitious effort yet. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, releasing in two parts as a double album, touches on the inevitability and cynicism that faces our current time. Foals take this underlying motif on Part One and coil it around the heavy guitars and rhythmic percussion that they have come to be known for.
Everything Not Saved… opens with soft synth pads that fluctuate with frontman Yannis Philippakis’ signature, gravelly timbre. Throughout the record, it ranges from soft and graceful, such as on sung ballad “Sunday”, to roaring and thunderous, as heard on “White Onions.” With the loftiness that the band aims for, they allow these tracks to evolve and breathe. This is perfectly encapsulated on the aforementioned “Sunday”, where it transitions from an immense openness to tightly wound, four-on-the-floor dance grooves.
Foals succeed at what they are most familiar with. “In Degrees” recalls the percussive impetus of Holy Fire’s “My Number”, and opener “Moonlight” reminisces on the tranquil glow of Total Life Forever’s “Blue Blood”. This is a band that understands how to expand upon previously explored ideas without recycling them to the point of banality.
Reviewed by Grant Sharples for consequenceofsound.net.