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Album Review

Prior to the breakthrough viral success of their 2010 single, "Pumped Up Kicks," Los Angeles' Foster the People were a relatively unknown studio project for singer/songwriter Mark Foster. Four years, a full-length debut album (2011's Torches), numerous tours, and two Grammy nominations later, Foster the People are a tested live act with a strong, expectant fan base. The band's 2014 sophomore album, Supermodel, finds Foster and company sticking to their winning pop formula, while evincing a more organic, less claustrophobic studio sound. Produced by Foster, along with Paul Epworth (Adele, Bruno Mars, Florence + the Machine), Supermodel is full of infectious, dance-oriented music that touches upon '80s-influenced dance-rock ("Coming of Age"), soulful psychedelia ("Pseudologia Fantastica"), and melodic acoustic rock ("Ask Yourself") in equal measure. Prior to "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People were pretty much a studio entity, and Supermodel does reveal a more live-sounding aesthetic that feels bigger and more Technicolor in approach than Torches. Epworth and Foster expand the group's sound with brassy horns, echo-chamber guitars, gigantic, circular drumbeats, shimmery synthesizers, and, in the case of "The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones," layered, Beach Boys-influenced group harmonies. Once again, Foster proves his knack for coming up with hummable pop hooks, and tracks like the funky "Best Friend" and Afro-pop-infused "Are You What You Want to Be?" stick in your ears as much as they get your feet tapping. Additionally, if Torches scratched the surface of twenty-something angst, then Supermodel takes that exploration a few steps deeper, revealing a more introspective, enigmatic, world-weary tone. On "Pseudologia Fantastica," Foster croons, "Faded and worn at the seams/A psychotropic wanderlust/Sick and laughing their words/Bared their teeth into the wall/I promised I'd rid this world of feral animals."

Customer Reviews

Coming of A(mazing)!

If “Coming Of Age” is any indicator of how great Supermodel will be (I’m positive it is), than this will definitely be one of the albums of the year! Can’t wait!!

this album will be great

go listen to torches other than pumped up kicks and you'll fall in love with these boys

New evolved, edgier sound.

Don't let "Coming of Age" lead you to believe that Supermodel will be just like Torches. Having seen them live 4 days ago in a very intimate and secret show in Portland, Oregon, I got to hear the new album and I can tell you it is much more edgier than expected. If you were hoping for an album full of whimsical sounds and fun melodies (Color on the Walls, Helena Beat) then you will be slightly set back; however if your mind is set on the idea of progression and "what will the sophomore album sound like" then you will be happily surprised by the new elevated and edgier sound FTP is delivering in Supermodel.
Dark elements are delivered by electric guitars and bass which are lifted and complemented by perfect range backup female vocals and spot on piano melodies as well as background electro and ambient like sounds.

So yes, although Supermodel may deliver a new, edgier and more elevated sound that will have listeners guessing "who plays that song?" As singles are released, you will notice that
the one element which remains the same throughout the new album are the beautiful, descriptive, story-telling, and full of life lyrics that defined Foster the People in Torches and will continue to do so with their new sound in Supermodel.


Formed: 2009 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trio Foster the People make melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop. Foster initially began the project alone, but before long he added long-term friend Cubbie Fink on bass and drummer Mark Pontius to complete the lineup. The following year, their single "Pumped Up Kicks" was posted on their website, picking up considerable buzz online and significant airplay on KROQ, alongside packed performances...
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