The echoes of rock 'n' roll's past come at you at mind-warp speed on Take the Kids off Broadway
, the magnificent new record from Foxygen: Is that Mick Jagger singing? Is this an outtake from the Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow
? Could this track be a remix of Bowie's "The Bewlay Brothers"? No—it's all Foxygen, and the bicoastal duo's brilliance is in making familiar textures into a remarkable new patchwork. If their scattershot approach is reminiscent of the teenagers-got-into-the-Scotchgard sound of Ariel Pink, there's a majesty in Take the Kids off Broadway
's insanity that makes me think of Os Mutantes' inventiveness, Roy Wood's cuddly Wizzard choirs, and the sheer kitchen-sink audacity of "I Am the Walrus." Oregon's Richard Swift helped mix the record, and singer Sam France hails from Olympia (Foxygen's other member, Jonathan Rado, hails from New York), offering a Pacific Northwest pedigree to what is one of the year's most exciting, astonishing debuts. NED LANNAMANN Also read our article on Le Sera.