Our Feature Album for June | Foreign/National ‘The Garden’

04 Jun 2020

Melbourne sons Foreign/National return with their eight-track album, The Garden taking listeners fluidly between psychedelic, afrobeat and avant-garde textures.

Released on the 25th May the album shines light on a new direction for the band. Moving away  from the strictly lo-fi psych-pop sound that defined earlier releases, The Garden incorporates a wide range of influences, from the cosmopolitan sounds of AIR and Stereolab to afrobeat/ethio-jazz artists Fela Kuti and Mulatu Astatke. The album is also bursting with collaborators including Casey Harnett (Sui Zhen, Dreamin’ Wild, King Gizzard), Jarvis Taveniere (King Gizzard, Real Estate, Mild High Club, Sunflower Bean) and Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Tones and I, Hiatus Kaiyote).

While previous releases have focused on the experiences of band members while travelling overseas, this album looks externally: commenting on the state of the world and their place in it. As frontman Mark Gage (vox/guitar/synth/keys) explains, “The Garden is more focused on the negative behaviours and hypocrisy we see in public figures - business leaders, politicians, the clergy and, of course, entitled men.” However, introspection is by no means forbidden in the album as the boys regularly turn the lens inward: “our judgements are not only reserved for the behaviours of these figures but also for our own, sometimes mirrored, behaviours that we can’t help but acknowledge,” he says.

For a track by track break down check out the bands interview with Music Feeds Here otherwise sit back, relax and enjoy a well-deserved 5 star (GYROstream) album.