Foster the People "Supermodel"

Before founding the band that bears his name Mark Foster made a living as a commercial jingles writer. The experience proved beneficial in giving him a better understanding of what sells. Exploiting that knowledge Foster and fellow band mates Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius scored a huge success with their debut Torches which featured the smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”

The band’s sophomore release Supermodel is jammed with infectious melodies, dance beats, and glossy production. These are the type of songs that are impossible to ignore, the kind that burrow deep into your cranium, causing you to unconsciously hum the melodies. But just below the surface is a darker side. Foster has alternately called the album “a conversation with God” and an angry response to consumerism and capitalism. It’s easy enough to ignore the lyrics and just dance but you’d be missing Foster’s thoughtful, albeit mostly negative outlook on modern society. In this way he continues the theme of Torches but with a more incisive, mature, and personal vision.

Supermodel employs a wide variety of influences, generating inspiration from electronic dance music of the 1980s to global rhythms. Foster also acknowledged the influence of socially conscience bands like The Clash and The Kinks. The album is a mash-up of Beach Boy harmonies, fuzz guitar and falsetto vocals, psychedelic swirls of production, punctuated by piano and acoustic guitar. Stand out tracks include "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" and "Pseudologia Fantastica."

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)