I think this may have slipped past me a bit, but here’s a previously unreleased track from the LA three man band, Foster The People. Whilst the track seems to have been floating around the internet in various forms (mainly live recordings) for a few months now, it was formally released 12 days ago on their Soundcloud account. Since then, it seems to have gone under the radar a bit with only 4,500 plays so far.
It’s a very laid back track, and seems to tackle some uncharacteristically heavy topics in Mark Foster’s lyrics. In the song he is singing to Ruby, a single mother trying to help her overcome her depression. Considering the band normally tackles difficult subjects such as “pumped up kicks”, this is a real game changer for them, and shows a bit of the depth that I feel the band has lacked in the past.
I said Ruby, Ruby, Ruby
you gotta start lifting your head up, head up, head up
and I said Ruby, Ruby, Ruby
I know it’s hard but you gotta get out of bed, out of bed, out of bed
Having seen them live in the past I feel like Foster The People have a great unique sound (primarily due to Mark’s vocals), but they often struggle to get below the surface and make a lot of superficial tracks. Ruby is a great precedent that shows what the band are really capable of, and hopefully we’ll see more of this depth in future.