Foster the People’s latest release reflects tones of acceptance

Kimberly Easlick
Staff Writer

Foster the People's latest album, "Sacred Heart's Club," released this summer. Photo by Kimberly Easlick | The Hudsonian Student Newspaper

Foster the People’s latest album, “Sacred Heart’s Club,” released this summer.

The alternative group Foster the People released their third album this summer titled “Sacred Hearts Club” with a few major changes made in the band’s sound.

With this new album, there was a definite style change from their previous albums. The band’s first album, “Torches”, and their second album, “Supermodel”, both maintained a similar stylistic sound.

These first two albums reflected a pop-rock, upbeat music approach. In contrast, the recently released album had a lot of influence from ‘60s psychedelic music mixed with electronically styled songs.

Although much of the sound differed from their first album, the message of all three albums remains similar.

This message can be best described as a defiance among the corrupt and sometimes hateful society we live in today. Throughout the three albums, lead singer Mark Foster focuses on addressing issues and topics many are afraid to discuss today.

Upon the release of the third album, Foster made a public statement concerning the influence of the album.

“We live in a trying time right now. Racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and religious persecution are more rampant than ever. This record was made in defiance against those cancerous ideas. Hopefully it makes you feel as it made us feel when we were working on it – that life is beautiful. And love will always be bigger than politics,” said Foster.

Between this statement and the lyrical interpretations of the songs, listeners have a better understanding of the inspiration behind the music.

Along with the inspiration and style defined across this album, the musical approach is quite superb as well. The different approach the band takes with songs on the record, such as “Loyal like Sid and Nancy,” “Harden the Paint” and “SHC”, relies heavily on electronic dance and trap beat components.

Songs like these from the new record best reflect the change and style growth the band has had since the release of their first album in 2011. Other songs on this new record, like “Static Space Lover,” “Orange Dream,” “Lotus Eater” and “Sit Next to Me”, all demonstrate free-spirited, uplifting undertones and the feel of an older music genre.

By including songs that represent the past with a ‘60s psychedelic vibes and ‘80s sounding elements the band is able to express a simpler time.

Although the majority of the songs are quite enjoyable, the focused style may be harder for some to interpret. This may be due to the differing sound among the tracks in which the band seems to be testing the waters.

While the technique for the songs may have been inconsistent, there certainly was lyrical fluidity. However, people argue that the upbeat, hopeful tones of the songs don’t quite match the message of the dark issues the band hopes to get across.

Overall, I absolutely would recommend this album to anyone, regardless of their music taste. Sacred Hearts club explores an assortment of different music styles, all while maintaining the old and loveable sound fans come to expect from Foster the People.

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