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Foster The People

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Sony

Foster The People’s sophomore album, Supermodel, arrives almost three years after its predecessor, Torches. For their latest effort, Marcus Foster has cited influences from West African music to David Bowie and The Clash.

Coming Of Age is the lead single, and one thing that stands out is the new focus on guitar. Exuberant riffs are layered on top of the LA trio’s signature upbeat tempo, bringing a fresh twist to their familiar and well-loved indie pop style. Nevermind is a gorgeous tune that features wistful acoustics, seeing the band step out from the pop logic of their previous album.

The Truth is an MGMT-esque track with heavy-handed key progressions and drifting falsettos. Closing the album is Fire Escape, a stripped-down acoustic tune with gorgeous harmonies and lyrics delivered with a raw vulnerability. It really is a beautiful track, and something quite unexpected.

Considering bands which experiment with their sound are often greeted with the prospect of isolating existing fans, Supermodel represents an artful continuation of Foster The People’s exquisite production value and indie dance-pop. The album is a strong follow-up to the band’s debut, and their commitment to exploring different soundscapes has certainly paid off.

SHARON YE