Foster The People was mostly absent from the music scene in 2013 after releasing its debut album, “Torches,” in 2011, and subsequently touring in 2012 while making a pitstop at the Grammys to perform with Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys. This year will not be as quiet for Mark Foster and co., though: “We’re back,” the trio posted to Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 31), along with a teaser video that gave fans a “glimpse of 2014.”
That “glimpse” was a 45-second clip that presumably contained a new song from Foster The People’s sophomore album. “It feels like we’re coming of age,” Foster croons after an arena-ready pop-rock buildup, which hints at a bulked-up sound on the group’s “Torches” follow-up. Sadly, no details about the song or album are revealed, with a final graphic simply reading, “Foster The People 2014.”
Update: Foster The People played the new track at the Firefly Music Festival last summer. Listen to the live version of the full track below:
“Torches” was led by the smash single “Pumped Up Kicks,” which has sold 5.2 million downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is currently the sixth-largest selling alternative digital song of all time. “Torches,” which included production from Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin, has sold 989,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan.
“I think it’s going to take a lot of left turns,” Mark Foster told Billboard about the group’s second album back in June 2012. “It’s going to be really celebratory — a lot like our first record is, but in a different way. I think there’s going to be more grit, and I think it’s gonna be extremely percussive. I’ve been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of ’60s, the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily.”