Foster The People Go In New Directions On 'Ruby'
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

Huh. Torches remains one of the most underrated pop rock albums of the 2010s. Return to that album, and you'll find that it's aged remarkably well and was a precursor to the resurgence of dance pop-rock that's come to define so much of the decade. Last year's Supermodel found the band expanding their sonic palette to include hints of world music and more avant pop. And now Foster the People are back with their first new single in over a year, "Ruby."

That initial "huh" that started out this piece is because "Ruby" is a major departure in the band's sound, to the point that were it not for Mark Foster's distinct drawl, you would be forgiven for not immediately realizing this is even Foster the People. The only way we can accurately describe the track is what if Mark Foster were trying to do an homage to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. It's got that "blue eyed soul" feel to it. It's not a bad track. In fact, we can definitely tell it's going to grow on us, but it's certainly the band striking out in yet another new direction. You can never say all their songs sound the same after this.



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