Raters of the Lost Art: Foster the People “Supermodel”
By Laura Mooney, Arts Editor
Do you remember all the way back in 2011 when you turned on the radio in your car and heard the infectious Foster the People tune “Pumped-up Kicks?” Then you walked into a store later that day and heard it again playing on the PA system? Then once you got home you heard your significant other playing it throughout the house, after having heard it once more on the drive home? The song was absolutely inescapable! “Pumped-up Kicks” was the song that put California indie-pop band Foster the People on the radar of everyone from preteens to the middle aged, and now the band is back with their second studio album, entitled “Supermodel.”
After initially hearing the album, admittedly it is nothing like Foster the People’s debut album “Torches” which featured a more upbeat tone. The band seems to have switched out the catchy, albeit repetitive beats, for a more mature and insightful sound. The first single released, entitled “Coming of Age” is a mellow pop song ripe with synthesizers, heavy bass and a strong 80s vibe. Although the song is by no means bad, it is a far departure from the sound that made the band so popular and leaves the listener questioning what band they are really listening to.
Although many of the songs on “Supermodel” are in this new style that Foster the People seems to be trying out, the one standout was the track “Pseudologia Fantastica.” The song is different from anything else on the album, and honestly is different from anything else on the music charts today. The song is melodic and symphonic in a way that reflects more of Foster the People’s old sound, but with a healthy mix of musical maturity that only comes with experience in the musical universe.
So while “Supermodel” is a huge departure from the sound that made Foster the People so famous, the album seems to be the band’s attempt at transitioning into a more mature sound to reflect what is now popular in music. While some of the songs on the album are a clear hit, others seem a bit uninspired and dull, leaving the listening audience to hope that next time Foster the People will go back to their roots and infect us once again with songs like “Pumpedup Kicks.”