Foreign Born – Person To Person [Album Review]

by Woody on July 15, 2009

Foreign Born Cover Art

If you’re keeping tabs, 2009 has gotten off to a great start with many solid new releases.‚  The other day I tried to pull together a top 10 list for a friend and struggled to narrow the numbers.‚  My task just got more difficult with the release of Foreign Born’s Person To Person on Secretly Canadian’s great label.‚  The album is perfectly timed to coincide with the height of summer as it evokes breezy, warm weather feelings, but with a certain underlying tension.‚  After a few listens, it seems to provide the perfect tonic to my vodka or triple sec to my tequila.

What makes this record such a good summer soundtrack is the blend of New Wave bass-lines with accents of third wave rhythm, although not so much so that it deserves a “ska” label.‚ ‚  In fact, the rhythm is the first thing to catch your attention and at times the band appears to be pounding away on just about anything it can find, including generous doses of cowbell.‚  Best examples (and best tracks) are “Vacationing People” and “Winter Games,” two infective songs that flow nicely into one another.‚  The guitar riffs also certainly owe a nod to African influences and at times will remind you a little of Vampire Weekend.‚  Personally, I couldn’t help but hear traces of The Talking Heads and even some London Calling Clash in certain songs.

I think this is a perfect addition to anyone’s rotation, at least until football Saturdays kick back into gear.‚  Foreign Born is another in a growing line of great new bands emerging from LA and, bonus for those of you in Chicago, they are playing a show with The Veils at the Empty Bottle on July 23rd”should be a great salve for my self-inflicted Pitchfork hangover.

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Foreign Born – Vacationing People

Foreign Born – Early Warnings

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Woody July 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

When we got this email, I saw comparisons to Vampire Weekend & Grizzly Bear. I am not overly enamored with either, although I am slowly coming around on GB. This however, I have enjoyed from note one. Its definitely a different fit from my normal selections but one that I enjoy nonetheless. Nice writeup as well – really captured the feel of the disc.

Oz July 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm

I’m digging this album as well. It’s like a cross between Akron/Family (at least their new album) and Vampire Weekend.

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