Mark Foster: ‘The new Foster The People record will be more evolved’

Singer says album will be inspired by West African music, David Bowie and The Clash

Foster The People‘s Mark Foster has said his next album will be more “evolved”.

The singer, who is currently performing with his electronic side project Smims and Belle, says the new Foster The People material will be inspired by The Clash, The Kinks, West African music and David Bowie.

“One thing about Foster The People is that it’s taking pieces of a lot of different genres of music and kind of melding them together,” he told Rolling Stone. “In the first record, I was looking at my vision for the project through a piece of opaque glass. This next record’s going to be more evolved; it’s going to be a clearer picture of what I’ve had in my head when it comes to that vision. Working on this project and getting deeper into electronic music is gonna help bring a deeper colour in the next Foster record.”

Earlier this year Foster told NME that his band plan to record a new album later in 2012, which is due out in 2013.

Last month (July), Foster admitted that Snoop Dogg persuaded him to stop using cannabis: “It’s funny, the one time I got star-struck was when I met Snoop Dogg. I gave him a hug and said, ‘I love you, man.’ It was cool ‘cos I’d just stopped smoking weed three days before,” he said. “I told Snoop, ‘I quit smoking but I’d have one with now if I had the chance,’ He said ‘Y’know what, brother: sometimes you gotta slow down and focus on your shit.’ From the godfather of marijuana smoking! That was good enough for me.”