There’s not a whole lot to say about this band. But other than “their music is awesome!”, does anything really matter?
Alright fine, I care a little bit about their lives too.
Foreign Born is an American indie rock outfit that got together forever ago (2003) in San Francisco but soon after moved to Los Angeles. They released their debut EP, In the Remote Woods under StarTime International Records. Two years later they self-released their first “proper” LP while touring with indie darlings Cold War Kids (I talked about them here) and Rogue Wave–when they signed with Dim Mak in 2007 it was re-released. Then in 2009 with their third label in as many albums we were all gifted with Person to Person.
It’s a bit of an exhausting journey, but as the music shows, it was well worth it.
Telling you that the band writes “anthemic pop songs”…well it’s hardly a debatable claim. The album came out in 2009 and bloggers/magazines/reviewers have been touting that ever since. It’s not a knock. Really, it’s just addicting. Each song is so intentional: dense and complex sounds fortified with catchy hooks, begging to stick in your head forever.
The whole collection is crafted with similar meticulousness. The ordering shows a determined progression. Repeated contrasts between punchy tracks like “Blood Oranges” and warm, catchy tunes like the one above is well-conceived and effective. It’s a constant shift from light to dark, tiny to epic, that just sort of locks you in.
The result? Well it feels like a conversation with the west coast and sounds like endless summer.
Aren’t we all clamoring for both?
“That Old Sun” and “Winter Games” are sweaty BBQ soundtracks, simple and undecorated, and lead singer Matt Popieluch’s raspy, aching vocals just sort of lull you into sunset all the way through.
So go on, kick back, relax and do enjoy!