ABOVE: FOREIGN AIR. PHOTO COURTESY OF LUKE ADAMS.
Since the release of their infectious debut single “Free Animal,” Foreign Air has found itself sitting pretty as one of the most exciting emerging acts on the interweb. The duo, which is comprised of Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael, are readying themselves for the release of their debut EP For The Light this Friday, and today, we’re pleased to premiere one of its tracks: “Better For It.” Clasen describes it “an unapologetic break-up song,” and it exemplifies the pair’s unique brand of indie pop, which is primarily driven by vocals and backed by a playful electronic soundscape.
“‘Better For It’ has a slow, melancholy vibe, but to us it’s intertwined with a subtle undercurrent of celebration,” says Clasen. “It’s about recognizing the voice in the back of your head, the gut feeling … telling you something isn’t quite right.” The track’s lyrics and tone suit Michael’s sentiment; it mutates from slow and reflective to upbeat and triumphant. “Everyone has been through this at one point or another, but in the moment, it feels so monumental and unique,” Clasen continues. “You can’t allow yourself to be paralyzed with indecision. You’ve got to go with what you know is right. Focus in on that voice like it’s the speck of light, not the other side. Celebrate the ending like you did the beginning.”