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Foreign Born Rides Into The Sunset, Send Off with a New Song

LA’s Foreign Born will go on an indefinite hiatus as its members focus on projects like Fool’s Gold and Big Search. Instead of being bummed, let us be thankful FoBo at least gifted us the timeless backyard party anthems of their SC debut Person to Person. There’s still a whole lot of fawning to be done over that record. And by my watch, there’s also still plenty of summertime left for to rip it in earnest. As they ride off into the sunset, Foreign Born has also sent us an appropriately-titled new tune, “Keep It In Mind.”

DOWNLOAD “KEEP IT IN MIND” BY FOREIGN BORN

Many members of Foreign Born also lend their talents to the previously mentioned Fool’s Gold, which has a new album called Leave No Trace, due Aug. 16 via IAMSOUND. Pick it up.

Foreign Born Play Oregon Public Radio

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Foreign Born stopped by the studios of Oregon Public Radio and laid down a few tracks on their most recent tour. Along w/a couple of cuts, “It Grew On You” and “Early Warnings” off of their most recent album Person To Person, Foreign Born also took a trip in the way back machine, digging into their hive mind to bring you “The Entryway” off of their 2005 debut EP In The Remote Woods. You can check out the entire session, captured on video HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Offer Up New MP3 From Person To Person, Plan Summer Tour With The Veils

The next morsel of the savory meal that is Foreign Born’s Person To Person (due out June 23 in the U.S. and June 15 in the UK). Their new single “Early Warnings” picks up where their first single “Vacationing People” left off. It’s a frolicking tune built on African guitar licks, hand claps, and group harmonies. It reminds us of cold beer under a hot summer sun cut with a slight hint of ocean breeze. In other words, a perfect song to usher in the beginning of Summer.

Give “Early Warnings” a listen HERE.

Meanwhile, the band has dates lined up with the likes of BLK JKS, Grizzly Bear and The Veil. See all the dates by simply clicking right HERE.

FOREIGN BORN Reveal Person To Person, Release MP3

A holiday escape to the oceanside is meant to keep the tribulations of daily life at bay. Yet every joyous moment of vacation is undercut with a strange melancholy as you do the math on the finite nature of your getaway. So, you take your sweet, sweet time with that cold drink and offer a cheers an extra time or two.

The songs of LA’s Foreign Born’s, Person To Person, are cut through with this same duality: celebration in spite of trouble on the horizon.

While the songs are propelled by benga-flavored beats, fuzzed-out synth bass, clucking tropical cowbells- from soaring horn sections to emotive string arrangements, its frontman Matt Popieluch’s emotive, Aschcroft-y delivery that always keep the songs in check.

One can’t help but imagine this was the mood of Foreign Born’s mid-summer retreat to Sunset Lodge Studios, where bass parts were laid down in the wee hours of morning and the hot tub bubbled late into the night. The result of the session is an album of dense pop that justifies the band’s place among top songsmithing contemporaries like Cass McCombs and James Mercer, as well as greats like (dare I say it?) David Bowie (There, I said it). But the band is able to bypass the “songwriter” label by delivering a much more collective sound — you know, like a BAND. African high-life guitars are countered with New Wave wash; the sound of a band daring to keep its pallet open to most any influence — from U2 to The Feelies. If the Walkmen weren’t afraid to go out in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, you may have a sound close to this… like it could be Phil Spector’s mid-70′s ‘lost recordings’ inspired by the depth of second-line drum bands from New Orleans.

It’s been said that Foreign Born is an anthem band without “the” fist-pumping anthem, which may be true. And this is OK, because the trade-off is for an album far more cerebral and sustaining. The thing with summer anthems is that they only last a summer, Foreign Born delivers the soundtrack for the backyard BBQ of the ages.

Check out an mp3 of album cut “Vacationing People” HERE.

Foreign Born is Lewis Pesacov, Matt Popieluch, Garrett Ray and Ariel Rechtshaid.

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

You Are Dead To Me by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

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