Indie / Reggae
Artist: Foreign Talks
Produced by: Woods Ent. / Sacred Souls
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In 2013, a new band produced a self-titled album with an indie-pop sound that got a lot of attention. Foreign Talks, a Vancouver, Washington-based quintet features Madison Fischer on lead vocals and percussion; Marcus Fischer on lead vocals, guitar and bass; Tanner Steinmetz on guitar, bass and backing vocals; Kevin Downes on guitar, backing vocals and percussion and Jeff Wagner on drums. Having increased in number the band has also increased their variety of song style, producing a new album called No Ceilings.
No Ceilings still has that indie-pop style, but there is a distinctive reggae influence here, reminiscent of Sublime. According to Marcus Fischer, "we have all matured musically and personally, and grown in a lot of ways. Our sound has evolved just as much as our lives have, and No Ceilings really reflects that." Most of the album has that reggae feel. The first two tracks are somewhat laid back, but have different messages. Cerveza is a song about someone who enjoys being with his girl, but has other interests and doesn't exactly want to be tied down. Typhoon asks the people of the world to slow down and enjoy the moment. The next track, Wasted, has a punk indie sound with rocking guitars and percussion. Chocolate Vanilla is a darker indie track that alludes to a love going sour. Rip It Up Slow is a reggae track that is pretty much an ode to the band's advocacy for marijuana use and, while I may not agree with the message here, I can't deny that the song is rather catchy.
And those are just some of the stand out tracks. No Ceilings has a rather unique sound. The lyrics are explicit, but that's nothing to write home about - other bands have been much more explicit in nature. The fact that the lyrics are incredibly catchy makes the songs on the album memorable. After listening to the album only twice, the hooks of Cerveza and Chocolate Vanilla were permanently implanted in my mind. This expansion into a new style and sound is a good one for Foreign Talks. No Ceilings proves that Foreign Talks is not some flash in the pan indie band, but a more complex band that can flow with the times. Can't wait to see what they come up with next!