By Will Sexton (@willshesleeps)
In 2017, seeing the announcement that Foster The People had released new music was a surprise to say the least. Their songs featured heavily in the early 2010’s following the success of their debut, especially in the sport-gaming scene with the likes of FIFA and SSX matching up perfectly with their zesty pop-indie rock tunes. The gorgeous blend of indie-rock and luscious pop make this band something that you might have heard before, attempted by someone else, but not executed quite as successfully. The EP feature 3 songs from their upcoming untitled album that will be released in the summer.
The new singles Pay The Man, Doing It For The Money and S.H.C are fabulous additions to the already impressive collection of music. The sound has evolved but not changed enough for it to be completely different. Many have suspected that a few of these songs would be influenced by the inauguration of a certain American President as this band are heavy supporters of Bernie Sanders in the run-up to the election.
Pay The Man opens with a synth-brass section that almost takes a page out of Run The Jewels book and the song evolves to sort of a sing-rap song about ‘the system’ and ‘the man’ being an image of power that controls us all. The mention of ‘the man’ has been approached a lot in the styles of music like rock and punk music so it’s interesting to see it approached in indie-pop, but this band being very politically involved over the last 2 years I’m not surprised. It’s a strong opening to the EP, no doubt setting the tone for the album.
Doing It For The Money sees Foster The People use a new style of drums influenced by trap music and the chorus of this song being very big spacey and anthem-like. Contrary to the album title, the idea of this song is that they AREN’T doing it for the money. They’re still making music and proving themselves saying “We are still here”. This song also feels like a call out to all people to stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Very empowering and the gorgeous mixing and instrumentation on the track really help it. The way the band changes into the bridge from the second chorus is very reminiscent of their two other albums, solidifying that they hadn’t lost their way in experimenting.
S.H.C (Secret Hearts Club) brings the indie guitar back and as soon as this song starts up, you’ll be taken aback by a bombardment of nostalgia. This song sees Mark Foster expressing about how the world is in a dark place right now but he wants to “live his life again” and it almost seems as if he is saying that he can live his life again through his music. Mark stated this when the EP was released: “One of my favorite things about music is that it’s unifying. We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.” which further proves this point.