Foals: Holy Fire

Holy Fire

On their 2008 debut, this Oxford, England, quintet recorded with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and came up with an album of frenetic, glitched-out Brit pop. Two records later they're still expanding and ironing out that sound. Yannis Philippakis sounds like the Anglo-cized version of My Morning Jacket's Jim James as he sets his echo-laden yelp over burbling Talking Heads grooves and plasticine art-rock textures. "I can't get enough space," Philippakis sings over the lupine guitar howl of "Inhaler." But space isn't the problem; it's finding other songs as good as the tight-twisted kiss-off "My Number." Otherwise Holy Fire is a collection of well-manicured tracks zoning out to a dazzling middle distance.