NME Festival blog: Foals share lyrics to new song ‘Exits’ as part of mysterious treasure hunt

What’s in the envelope?

Foals have shared the lyrics to upcoming song ‘Exits’ by sealing them in mysterious envelopes which have been left in various locations across Europe.

The Oxford band, who are gearing up to release two albums in 2018, posted the photos on their Twitter account this morning (January 16).

In one, an envelope featuring the band’s logo is seen taped to a ticket station. It’s accompanied by the co-ordinates 51.4700° N, 0.0694° W – which provide a location that appears to be extremely close to Peckham Rye Railway Station.

Another photo shows the same mysterious envelope taped inside what appears to be a glass-panelled elevator. The co-ordinates on this post are 52°22’10.4″N 4°53’31.9″E – and it’s a little further afield this time. A quick Google search reveals that the elevator is located in Amsterdam. Further posts revealed that envelopes were also left in Hamburg.

However, a post on Reddit now reveals that the envelope contains the lyrics to ‘Exits’, which might just be the first song to emerge from their upcoming fifth album.

“Now the sea eats the sky, but they say it’s a lie & there’s no birds left to fly. We’ll fly out,” the first verse reads. You can check out the whole lyrics below.

On Monday, Foals confirmed that ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’ will arrive on 8 March 2019. It’ll then be followed by an accompanying second album in the autumn.

The band previously confirmed they were back in the studio at the end of 2017. Speaking to NME ahead of entering the studio, frontman Yannis Philippakis said: “I think the world is obviously affecting the way we feel as individuals.

“I definitely feel that when I’m writing lyrics or music, that it’s in dialogue with what’s going on around me in isolation – so I’m sure there will be things in the lyrics to do with, not just the political climate but also the environmental situation that’s happening now. I think that it will be there.”


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