For the first time in nearly three years, British rockers Foals are back with new music. Titled Life Is Yours, even with the world in the tumultuous state its in, the group tries to be optimistic about their outlook. This is reflected by the strength of its lyrics and the experimental nature of the band's sound. With the album out now, we asked Foals singer Yannis Philippakis to give us the stories behind the songs on Life Is Yours. Here's what he had to say. "Life Is Yours" "Life Is Yours" contains the sentiment of the album at large, which is about an optimistic spirit, and being in rapture at the possibilities of life. With the shadow of the pandemic and climate change, and the feeling of jeopardy that\u2019s out there, I think that was an important sentiment to tap into. The song is set in the Pacific Northwest where I\u2019ve spent quite a lot of time. There\u2019s something really fresh about the boreal forests on the coast. It felt fresh, and sonically it\u2019s fresh for us too. We\u2019ve not touched upon that aesthetic before, or that way of putting a song together. "Wake Me Up" There\u2019s a journey that the band has gone on experimenting with different palettes of sound. This time there was a desire to take it back to more of the initial idea of the band, where the rhythm, the grooves and the guitars are interlocking architecturally. We wanted to tap into the physicality of music. And we wanted it to feel good. Lyrically, I just wanted to write a song about transporting yourself to a better, idyllic situation. "2am" https:\/\/youtu.be\/N4aXfFwS7qE Musically "2am" is one of the poppiest songs we\u2019ve ever written. It\u2019s about repetitive cycles of destructive behavior, which I think lots of people can relate to, and certainly it\u2019s an expression of something that I struggle with. There\u2019s something cathartic about expressing that feeling to this upbeat music that\u2019s got a sense of release and the hope of resolution. "2001" "(summer sky)" https:\/\/youtu.be\/ydBQz3SecaE "2001" feels like a postcard from the past. It\u2019s a very summery, disco-sounding track, and I felt the visual landscape for it should be Brighton. We moved there around that time, we were a young band, and there was the feeling of the first taste of independence. The moment you get those freedoms, you\u2019re surrounded by temptation. The references to beachside candy and Brighton rock are symbols for drugs and hedonism. This was written in the depths of the pandemic winter, and there\u2019s an escapist desire to break out from the feeling of being cooped up, both in terms of the pandemic and adolescence. "Flutter" \u2018Flutter\u2019 is one of my favourite songs on the record. I\u2019ve always been a fan of Malian and Senegelese guitar players, and this song evolved very naturally out of a jam that came from that kind of groove. We wanted this song to just chug, we didn\u2019t want to take it into a huge dynamic range. It\u2019s one of the more narrative songs on the album. It\u2019s essentially about someone fleeing and you never see them again. There\u2019s no closure, and no neat tying up of the emotion that comes from someone departing so suddenly. "Looking High" https:\/\/youtu.be\/datFyr7K-vc Lyrically this is looking back to a more hedonistic time in my life, and a more innocent time in society in general, pre-pandemic and before the existential threat of climate change. It takes place in an alley in Oxford with two clubs-The Cellar and The Wheatsheaf-that all of the city\u2019s nightlife gravitated towards. It was before clubs started to close down and before our cities started to change into more corporate, arid places. There\u2019s an element of being haunted by nightlife that\u2019s no longer there. Jimmy wrote the demo for this, and it was originally a kind of a slower, Prince-ier creature. When we took it into the live room, the tempo accelerated. We were reveling playing live together again and feeding off each other\u2019s energy. "Under The Radar" This is one of the most new wave songs we\u2019ve ever written. It felt like a forgotten Pixies song to me, like a view of the future from the 1950s with a surreal, slightly sci-fi element to it. It\u2019s talking about isolation and loneliness in the modern age and wanting to be transported to anywhere else other than where you are at that time. But I wanted it to keep it very playful rather than being heavy-handed, with fractured images and a collage of images in its emotions and words. "Crest of the Wave" https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vD9Hx0QPJKw8&ab_channelFoals A portion of it existed in 2011, and we had demoed it in Australia and just left it for years. But it was one of those songs which had always been at the back of our minds, like there was some unfinished business there. As we were playing around with it with some of the themes on this record, we cracked it open and really revelled in adding lots of layers to it in the studio. It\u2019s another transportive song. It\u2019s set in St. Lucia, which has always struck me as being very powerful visually, with the mountain plummeting into the sea. "The Sound" "The Sound" could\u2019ve been played at one of the nights I was talking about in \u2018Looking High\u2019. Musically it\u2019s interesting in how it takes from UK dance, house and garage, but then the guitar top line comes from a different world. Somehow the combination of all of those facets makes something really fresh and fun. It\u2019s going to be a really great one to play live. Aesthetically I wanted it to be surreal and industrial, and contrast the precision of the tune with the freedom of its words. "Wild Green" We recorded this in Real World Studios, where we looked out at this verdant British summer scene, with dragonflies and kingfishers flying around. It\u2019s a song that feels alive in the same way that the summer time feels alive with pollen and creatures; this tapestry of life that\u2019s reemerging. Hopefully it mirrors the reemergence of our world coming back together out of the pandemic. It\u2019s optimistic, but there's a melancholy to it. However long a summer is, we know it\u2019s ephemeral So, the second half turns into a farewell, an elegy. We knew right from the beginning that this was going to be the album closer and it\u2019s one of my favorite songs on the record.