From the sounds of it, that’s a place where Tulsa outfit Foreign Home would like to call home. Its debut album, How Strange the Night, is big, layered, engrossing and just enough offbeat to not reside firmly in the mainstream. That can be a death trap for some bands who drown in that wall of sound, with any sense of identity swallowed up by those epic guitar hooks.
Foreign Home always keeps its head, however, thanks to a fun juxtaposition of tropical dance (“Hoax,” “Knife Fight in a Telephone Booth”), post-punk (“Paper Leaves”) and emo rock (“Pink Noise,” “About a Bear”). The result is a band that can mash Brand New, Bloc Party and Foals into a single song that moves like a Death Cab for Cutie track.
Obviously, the players — singer Deric Williams, drummer Daniel Clark, guitarist Tobie Munroe and bassist Chris Davis — are more than adept, masterfully genre-bending each recording. It’s an impressive debut — produced by Costa Stasinopoulos (Dead Sea Choir) and mastered by Mike Marsh (Phoenix, Oasis) — one that should be the first stepping stone to Foreign Home playing both nationally and abroad.
The album hits shelves on Tuesday and will be available for download on iTunes. —Joshua Boydston