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Foley Battle a Turbulent Relationship on New Single ‘Low and High’

It’s the second song released by Foley since their positively received 2023 debut album, ‘Crowd Pleaser’


Jared Tinetti

Foley‘s second single of 2024 is here.

“Low and High” finds the Auckland pop duo considering a turbulent relationship, one that’s both passionate and tumultuous, with intensely relatable songwriting. (Foley explored similar thematic territory on their 2023 single “Tongue”, which took a playful look at surface level relationships.)

“You got me in the mood now / Fighting with you / Acting like we’re fools / You push my button too hard / I’m over it,” they sing, but the tumultuousness really comes to the fore in the chaotic chorus: “Refuse to want anyone but you / You take me / Low and high / Left and right / Refuse to want anyone but you / You take me / Low and high / Every time.”

“Low and High” is the second release by Foley since their debut album, Crowd Pleaser, was one of the highlights of Aotearoa music last year.

Crowd Pleaser attracted positive reviews upon its release, including from Rolling Stone AU/NZ.

“Aotearoa’s current Y2K-era pop movement is being kicked into overdrive thanks to Foley,” our review read. “The duo turn things up a notch following 2021’s Vacation EP with this debut effort.

“Foley show off their production chops with a synth-driven pop-sugar rush. Standout tracks ‘Killing Me Babe’ and ‘What Got Into You’ — which sounds like a cross between Betty Who, Dagny and vintage Pixie Lott — explore the complications of human connection. Sharp, analytical, and deeply confessional, Crowd Pleaser reminds you of the kind of trouble you welcome with open arms.”

Crowd Pleaser also made it to #16 on our Best New Zealand Albums of 2023 countdown.

“Crowd pleaser by name, crowd pleaser by nature,” we praised. “Popular Auckland duo Foley brought Y2K-era pop to the 2020s on their highly anticipated debut album, which combines sugar-rush production with deeply confessional songwriting. There’s a reason Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett’s fun-to-the-fore anthems went down a storm at this year’s BIGSOUND.”

Foley’s “Low and High” is out now.