by Sarah Carter
Foster and the People exploded into the music scene almost four years ago now, taking the charts by storm with their debut single Pumped Up Kicks. Now, they threaten to catch the attention of the public once more with the second instalment to their latest album, ‘Best Friend’.
While the likes of Pumped Up Kicks paved the way for commercial recognition in a pop friendly manner, new single Best Friend from their latest album ‘Supermodel’ offers us something more substantial in many ways. A distinctive and fabulously catchy opening bass line immediately sets this song apart from their past, leading the song into an orchestral sound of falsettos and funky guitars.
This sunny Californian beat is guaranteed to convert any Foster sceptic into a fan. It’s an insanely contagious song that pushes more boundaries than their earlier work ever did, mixing old motown vibes with big, brash choruses producing a flawlessly fun and unforgettable tune.
Best Friend sets Foster and the People on a pedestal that sits much higher than one expected from the band that first took to the mainstream four years earlier. While it remains undeniably pop orientated, the colourful intoxication it gives suggests that it is so much more. A summer tune no doubt, ‘Best Friend’ is hopefully the turning point for a much more inventive and eccentric pop career for Foster and the People.
The single Best Friend will be released on June 23rd and Foster and the People will be playing several gigs this summer:
Thursday 26th June – Manchester Ritz
Friday 27th June – Glastonbury Festival
Saturday 23rd August – Reading Festival
Sunday 24th August – Leeds Festival