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”.
Cinema and television are key references to Robin’s personal soundtrack, often referred to in his tracks – “D A D O E S” (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner) to the Philip K. Dick novel, “Blue Lights At Dusk”, to the way Michael Mann captures the light in his films, “Save The Cheerleader” & “Deadwood”, to television shows. It’s fitting that he has been providing soundtracks from his albums for popular US shows One Tree Hill, HBO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Criminal Minds and French TV shows. Foster has penned soundtracks for global brands such as Hugo Boss, Cartier, Barclays, Le Coq Sportif and Kenneth Cole.
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 entirely funded by his growing community of fans. Each track on this purely instrumental album, mixed by Jim Spencer in Manchester (New Order, Oasis, The Vaccines), is named after an area of the peninsula, and often refers to the savage landscape (Pen Had, Pen Hir, Kerloc’h). Robin calls this album, which perfectly captures the essence of this beautiful and isolated coast, his ‘postcard from the edge of the world’. Robin spent the next year touring the album to captivated audiences all over France, Belgium and Germany.
His close collaboration with Oscar nominated British writer/film 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. The action thriller recently won the highly prestigious Audience World Dramatic award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, USA followed by 3 BIFA wins (including best film and best director), and a BAFTA nomination. Robin’s soundtrack was nominated for the prestigious 2014 World Soundtrack Awards public choice award.
Robin is currently working on his 4th as yet untitled studio album as well having just completed the album/duo “We Are Bodies” with Archive frontman Dave Pen. The album was again mixed by Jim Spencer and mastered by Franck Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios, released March 2015 through Membran/Sony.