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Editor’s Pick #189: Foreign Born’s “Winter Games” by JohnCassillo
October 8, 2009, 3:15 pm
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Foreign Born's "Winter Games" provides some surprising, and slightly-tropical indie rock

Foreign Born's "Winter Games" provides some surprising, and slightly-tropical indie rock

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Foreign Born’s “Winter Games” MP3

Admittedly I heard about Foreign Born because of a tweet by Grizzly Bear‘s Ed Droste back in February. Ever since, I’ve been hooked on their cogent sense of melody and spacious, tropical sound.

The band’s most recent effort, Person to Person, came out earlier this year, and, unsurprisingly, it is just as energetic and free-flowing as their debut, On the Wing Now. Rolling along at a steady pace throughout, the album expertly trades off between reserved surf and arena indie rock, for a combination which is neither groundbreaking nor startling, yet still interesting, to say the least.

Of all of its steadily-floating songs, however, none sticks out more than “Winter Games.” Not so much bouncy, as it is just buzzing with excitement, the song centers around its summer atmosphere and banging-on-a-trash-can percussion section.

Scenic, and at times, mesmerizing, Person to Person struck me immediately as one of the easiest listens of the year back in June, and still does now in October. Sadly, it’s nearly-certain to end up being among this year’s most overlooked. Except by Ed Droste and me.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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