Listen to the electrifying new single “Exits” from Foals. After nearly four years of h and the departure of bassist Walter Gervers, the band is back with so much to offer.

“Now the sea eats the sky but they say it’s a lie,” Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis sings in their new single “Exits”, their first musical release in almost four years. After putting out four studio albums since 2005 and playing at big name festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella, the dazzling rock band is back not only with a new song but also a music video, tour dates, and two upcoming albums: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, set for release on 8 March 2019, followed by Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 coming this fall.

Exits divulged on Future Sounds With Annie Mac on BBC Radio One, marking Foals’ official welcome back into their realm of the weird and the wonderful, and they certainly didn’t disappoint with this new release. Philippakis told NME back in 2017 that the band were looking to “go through some sort of violent change for the next record”, aiming for a uniquely different style. The track opens with two seconds of haunting piano until the drums strut in, gracefully intruding the intro and making way for the mesmerizing, head-bobbing guitars. There’s so much going on with the instruments, from hypnotic synthesizers to piercing keyboards, establishing a newer modern sound compared to their previous works. The chorus is rather special; it’s a harmonious, well-orchestrated anthem of all the song’s musical elements mashed together into a lovely combination of experimental electronic rock.

The band also released a music video to accompany the single, directed by Albert Moya, the visual contains alluring cinematic stories such as the duration of the 6 minute song. Like the song’s variant use of instruments, the music video is diverse in color and character – it even features a scene where the band is performing while surrounded by a large group of sword fighters.

After listening to Exits, described as the centerpiece for the widely anticipated Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, a bigger mix of odd, strange, and equivocal can unquestionably be expected from Foals.