16 June 2016

top 100 of the '00s | 78. the foxglove hunt - "the life highrise"

A lifetime of listening to and loving '80s new wave and synthpop finally started paying off for me in the later part of the '00s when it started to come back in vogue. Indie artists started digging out old synthesizers and experimenting with and expanding on the ideals of new wave: Punk music played on pop instruments.

This track is very clearly inspired by the likes of New Order, but it doesn't feel reductive. The vocals are all '00s indie pop, as is the distortion guitar.

The result is a saccharine yet gritty toe-tapper that seems to be about some sort of spy fantasy.