British composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robin Foster’s intensely brooding instrumentals bring an intangible but undeniable tension, packed with lush cinematic textures, electronic loops, airy synths and all driven by waves of guitars. Hints of Talk Talk, Sigur Ros, Radiohead, New Order or even The Smiths can be noted as Foster’s music floats back and forth between subtlety and intensity. Other influences include his passion for cinema, film directors such as Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice), Ridley Scott (Bladerunner), David Lynch, film score composer Ennio Morricone (For a few dollars more) amongst others are a huge inspiration to his “cinematic post-rock”. Robin Foster musically illutrates for prestigious global brand campaigns such as Hugo Boss, Cartier, Barclays, Le Coq Sportif and Kenneth Cole. He provides original scores and existing soundtracks from his albums for cinema, short films, web series and television including popular US shows such as One Tree Hill, HBO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Criminal Minds and also French TV shows.
After the critically acclaimed debut album “Life Is Elsewhere” in 2008 Robin went on to release “Where do we go from here?” at the end of 2011, featuring exciting collaborations with singer Dave Pen (BirdPen and Archive) and Ndidi O. Critics once again heralded the album. Inspired by the natural beauty and isolation of Brittany’s Crozon peninsula (north-western France) and its beaches, Robin wanted his third studio album to pay homage to the remote area where he lives and to its people. “PenInsular”, was recorded in Robin’s studio in Camaret and mixed by Jim Spencer in Manchester (New Order, Oasis, The Vaccines). Robin calls this album, which perfectly captures the essence of this beautiful and isolated coast, his “postcard from the edge of the world”.
His close collaboration with Oscar nominated director Sean Ellis has lead to soundtracks for prestigious global brand names such as Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole and Cartier. Following the success of his second album Robin turned his attention to penning the soundtrack to Ellis’ third feature film, Metro Manila (2013) including a stunning track with Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini and Archive frontman Dave Pen. The soundtrack was nominated for the prestigious 2014 World Soundtrack Awards public choice award. Robin continued their collaboration scoring Sean Ellis’ next movie, the international success “Anthropoid” (2016 with Jamie Dornan & Cillian Murphy). Robin also recently scored the original music to the award winning french film “Good Luck Algeria” directed by Farid Bentoumi. Following on with contributions to Angelie Jolie‘s “First They Killed My Father” (2017) and teaming up again with Dornan, scoring Emma Forrest’s “Untogether” (2018) and Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream (2018).
After several european tours with the band Archive, Archive frontman Dave Pen and Robin formed the duo “We Are Bodies”. Their self titled album was released in March 2015, following on with his 4th solo studio album 2017′s “Empyrean”.
In 2018 Robin continues his PenInsular adventure with the release of “PenInsular 2 (The Bridge)” preceeded by an EP “La Forêt / Ma-Unan”