New (Old) Band Alert: Foreign Born
EW actually wrote very briefly about L.A.’s expansive, melodic rockers Foreign Born way back in ye olde 2005, but since they’re still fairly under the radar — and since our description kind of sucked — let’s try this again, shall we?
The band, perhaps best known to casual listeners for an appearance on NBC’s cultish spy-caper show Chuck (see their pilot-episode cameo here), has bounced through several indie labels, including the excellent StarTime International and hipster clearinghouse Dim Mak, and are now happily ensconced at Secretly Canadian. (Neither secret nor Canadian, the Bloomington, Indiana-based label is also home to two bona fide Greenblatt obsessions: Antony & the Johnsons and Jens Lekman).
The point of bringing all this to you now? The band has a new album coming out June 23, Person to Person, and a first single — the gorgeous little shoegazey nugget of swirling, harmonic nostalgia pop, “Vacationing People,” that I’m currently stay-cationing to — available for streaming on SC’s site here; highly recommended for fans of the French Kicks, the Walkmen, and other literate, jangly urbanites.
In the meantime, Chuck fans (this show is still on, right? The TV department never tells me anything!) can jog their memories with this more aggressive, angular number, “Into Your Dream”: