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Foxygen Share New Song, “Be Yourself,” from “An American Girl Story” TV Special

An American Girl Story - Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance Premieres Tomorrow on Amazon Prime

Mar 23, 2017
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Foxygen has been commissioned to contribute a new song to a new TV special for the American Girl doll line. As unlikely as that may seem, Best Coast supplied a song for a previous special last November, and this special takes place in the 1970s, a decade that has a strong influence on Foxygen's music. The song is entitled "Be Yourself," which seems appropriate for something aimed at little girls, and the special is titled An American Girl Story - Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance. It starts streaming tomorrow on Amazon Prime and the song will also be available tomorrow via Amazon. But you can listen to it now below.

If "Be Yourself" sounds like it was recorded on analog equipment befitting the era, that's because it was. Foxygen's Sam France had this to say about the song in a press release: "We love the '70s, and we remember the dolls from when we were growing up, so we felt we were right for the job. We wrote our song inspired by '70s television show theme songs. It is also a special song because it is the only Foxygen song so far to feature [Foxygen co-founder Jonathan] Rado on lead vocals in the first verse." 

Foxygen released a new album, Hang, back in January via Jagjaguwar. Previously the duo shared "America," a grandiose track that featured an orchestra, as well as the dance-tastic video for "Follow the Leader" and the videos for "On Lankershim" and "Upon a Hill."

Foxygen's last album was 2014's ...And Star Power. A previous press release described Hang as "their first proper studio record." Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard. Matthew E. White also did additional arranging. The Lemon Twigs (aka brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario) were the band's rhythm section, which makes sense since Rado produced their recent debut album, Do Hollywood. Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips also guests on select tracks.

Read our recent interview with Foxygen about Hang.


Foxygen Tour Dates:

3/24/2017 New York, NY - Terminal 5  w/ Sunflower Bean, Purr
3/25/2017 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club  w/ Gabriella Cohen
3/26/2017 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer  w/ Gabriella Cohen
3/28/2017 Toronto, ON - Opera House  w/ Gabriella Cohen
3/30/2017 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall  w/ Gabriella Cohen
3/31/2017 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/01/2017 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/02/2017 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/04/2017 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/05/2017 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/07/2017 San Francisco, CA - The Independent  w/ Gabriella Cohen, Kingdom Of Not
4/08/2017 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre  w/ Gabriella Cohen, Kingdom Of Not
4/09/2017 Santa Ana, CA - When We Were Young Festival - The Observatory  w/ Morrissey
4/11/2017 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/13/2017 Dallas, TX - Trees  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/14/2017 Austin, TX - The Mohawk  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/15/2017 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/17/2017 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks  w/ Gabriella Cohen
04/18/2017 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/19/2017 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel  w/ Gabriella Cohen
4/20/2017 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle  w/ Gabriella Cohen
5/23/2017 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
5/24/2017 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
5/25/2017 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
5/26/2017 George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
5/27/2017 George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
5/28/2017 George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
7/14/2017 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
7/15/2017 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
7/16/2017 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
7/28/2017 New York, NY - Panorama Music & Arts Festival  w/ Mitski
8/02/2017 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
8/04/2017 St. Charles, IA - Hinterland Music Festival
8/04/2017 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
8/05/2017 St. Charles, IA - Hinterland Music Festival
8/05/2017 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
8/06/2017 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
8/31/2017 Lamer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road
9/01/2017 Lamer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road
9/02/2017 Lamer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road
9/03/2017 Lamer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road

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