Give It All

Album: What Went Down (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This somber ballad is the most sparse song that Foals have ever recorded. Frontman Yannis Philippakis told NME: "That was one where it felt like - stripping all the support and architecture of the band away and allowing it to be just a vocal and some chords. That song more than anything we've ever done has been lead by its vocal. It felt like the purest bit of songwriting we'd ever done. It felt like a step forward."
  • Foals debuted the song during a gig at Shoreditch's Village Underground in London on August 25, 2015.
  • The song's music video was directed by Nabil, who has previously worked with Kanye West and Frank Ocean as well as on a number of other Foals visuals. The clip features Belgian actor Jérémie Renier, who portrayed famous singer Claude François in the 2012 film My Way. and Paris-based actress Caroline Fauvet, who is known for her work on Géronimo (2014) and The Cure (2015). Foals appears as the band playing in the bar.

    There are two versions of the video, with Nabil's director's cut offering an alternative ending.

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