BY: MICAYLA VERMEEREN
Indie-pop sensation Foster the People dropped the boldly titled and strongly produced Supermodel on March 18, catapulting them back into the center of public consciousness three years after the debut of their first album, Torches. Supermodel provides 11 new songs, 10 of which clock in at over four minutes, to keep fans bouncing along to groovy bass lines and dreamy synths, but lead singer Mark Foster has higher hopes for the impact of the album.
In a promotional interview, Foster said Supermodel is just as much “about looking at our culture and about what we prioritize” as it is about the music itself.
The music itself, though, is still remarkable.
“Are You What You Want to Be?” opens the album and automatically draws listeners in with West African djembe drum beats that support lyrics about pushing through cowardice and fear to live a life full of love and revelry.
“Coming of Age,” the first single released for Supermodel, has been flooding radio stations for the last few weeks, and not without good reason. The catchy chorus is an open invitation to sing along, but remember the pride and pain that comes hand-in-hand with growing up.
“Nevermind” slows things down a tad, with meandering lyrics, lilting guitars, and a rolling rhythm. It perfectly captures the patience of a waiting lover and the true desire to be content.
“The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones” is a slightly out of character 33-second interlude that marks the halfway point of the album. The choral vocals solidify the hymnal tone suggested by the song title and remind listeners of the equally short, equally haunting interludes found throughout The 1975’s self-titled album.
“Best Friend” manages to tackle the topic of addiction without a hint of melancholy, instead favoring “the beauty in the mess” and offering support unconditionally amongst lively guitars and layered vocal tracks.
“Fire Escape,” the final track on Supermodel, is the perfect song to round out the album. Soft, hopeful, and honest, the refrain of “save yourself” ties back to Foster’s original hope for the album- to get his audience critically thinking about the impacts society has on individuals and the way they navigate their lives according to those impacts.
Supermodel is now available for digital purchase on iTunes, and physical copies can be ordered through Amazon and shop.fosterthepeople.com.