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HEAR: Indie Pop | Foamboy – “Exit Sign”

  • December 12, 2023
  • 3 min read
HEAR: Indie Pop | Foamboy – “Exit Sign”

Foamboy, exit sign, eating me alive, indie rock, flume, electronic, alternative rock
Foamboy, Portland-based band, is making a comeback in late 2023 to unveil their second album, Eating Me Alive, scheduled for release in March 2024. The exannouncement comes alongside the release of their latest single, “Exit Sign.”

“Exit Sign” captivates listeners with its infectious melodies and clever instrumentation. The catchy hooks and upbeat rhythm create a feel-good atmosphere, making it an enjoyable and uplifting experience. The lyrics, while maintaining a sense of relatability, offer a fresh perspective or narrative. The production showcases a blend of indie sensibilities, incorporating a diverse range of instruments that complement each other seamlessly. This indie pop gem is a delightful addition to the genre, leaving a lasting impression with its memorable tunes and well-crafted sound.

Wil Bakula of foamboy on the track:

“When I made this beat I was just trying to find that happy medium between all the different instruments either playing really straight, or really laid back. If you overemphasize one or the other you usually just end up with a groove where the listener can pick out a single instrument and be like “oh yeah, that one is laid back.” But If you nudge all of them around very carefully, you can get into this weird zone where everything is laid back sometimes, and other times it catches up to the beat, so you get a groove where you can’t pick out any particular instrument that’s laying back. The whole thing just sounds nasty as hell. It’s something that’s really hard to do in a live setting, but in logic I can sit and just nudge the bass line slightly here, or the kick slightly there until it’s perfect. It’s heavily inspired by Kaytranada and Flume, who do this in their own way on a lot of their songs.” 

Katy Ohsiek of foamboy on the track:

“One of the main ideas of this song was the feeling of a groove that’s so behind the beat it almost sounds sloppy, but in a cool way. Another big idea was for the main vocals to sound like they are going through some sort of processor/harmonizer (but they’re not!). There’s lots of interesting contrast in this track. Lyrically, it’s meant to evoke the feeling of being bored at a bar with your friends- you’re supposed to be having fun with them, but you’re just checked out and thinking about other things.” 

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