Mountain At My Gates

Album: What Went Down (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis told NME the story of this song: "I'd recorded the beginning riff on my phone ages ago," he said. "At the beginning it had a baggy feel, but became less so with more work."

    "The central image - 'I see a mountain at my gates' was from me getting more interested in seeing what would come out lyrically where there wasn't a pre-conceived idea," Philippakis added. "Normally I write voraciously in books and journals, then harvest a lot of that for the record. This, though, came out instantaneously in the room."
  • The video sees Foals perform their song live in a sidewalk alley between mountains while interacting with the viewer. The clip was directed by Nabil (Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Alt-J) with whom the band worked with on previous visuals for "Bad Habit" and "Late Night." It was filmed using GoPro cameras, using their spherical Virtual Reality technology. This enables viewers using Chrome or the YouTube app to interact with the visual.

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