Ever since Win Butler did a BBC interview wearing a hoodie, it’s been tough to take Arcade Fire seriously. Hence, there’s a vacancy for an adventurous North American trad-pop band with a taste for the epic. California’s Foreign Born seem like suitable candidates. Evocative of the Fire and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, this is a half-melancholic, half-euphoric surge of folkedelia, in which ringing guitars and layered vocals compete with strings, horns and inventive drumming. Singer Matt Popieluch transcends his past as Peter Bjorn And John’s bongo player as he helms the hyper-melodic ‘Vacationing People’, while ‘Wait in This Chair’ proves a moving ode to inertia, casting a spell only a televised fashion disaster could break.
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