July 12, 2009

The Hedley’s are the only analogue for the Los Feliz household of Foreign Born lead singer, Matt Popieluch and his girlfriend, Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow. In addition to fronting one of Los Angeles’ best bands, he works as a groundskeeper for Coldwater Canyon arboreal preservationists, Tree People, plays with Glasser and Fool’s Gold, and manages Frank Fairfield. The only thing he doesn’t do is weld.

The brunt of my feature in the latest LA Weekly focuses on Popieluch’s work in Foreign Born–mainly, because their album, Person to Person, was recently released on Secretly Canadian and also, because it is very good. But don’t sleep on Glasser or Fool’s Gold either, the latter of which recently signed with local label, IAMSOUND (Telepathe, Little Boots, Black Ghosts).

The former play spooky prismatic pop in the vein of a tanner, less tenebrous Portishead. While the afro-beat and benga inspired, Fool’s Gold are LA’s answer to Antibalas, with a more distinctly Semitic influence (no Matisyahu). Suddenly, this makes a whole lot more sense, mon.

LA Weekly: Matt Popieluch on Foreign Born

Download:
MP3: Foreign Born-“Vacationing People”
MP3: Foreign Born-“Early Warnings”

MP3: Glasser-“Apply”
MP3: Fools’ Gold-“Surprise Hotel”

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