Shine a light on summer lovin’
PUMPED Up Kicks is a great song – floaty, slinky, perky – that many people could happily never hear again.
This unavoidable hit single made Foster the People into a big deal.
New York club collective The Knock have given the song a new look on this special edition CD. Who? The Knock is a duo with a history of energetic, uncheesy club music and their PUK remix is no different with its fuzzy bass, insistent beat and stabbing melodies.
Leaving the vocal intact was smart. This version of the song is tailor- made for bouncing along to at summer festivals.
Much of the beauty of this re- release LP will be found on disc two, a collection of previously unheard songs from the cutting room floor, alongside some tidy remixes of their hits.
Equally as awesome as the PUK remix is a new take on Houdini by RAC, featuring rolling synth melodies, a boppy stop- start and an impressive coda.
There’s also a big, silly remix of Helena Beat and a dull remix of Call It What You Want. Skip these two and head for the out- takes like Broken Jaw, which shines bright with its mash- up of pop and ska styles. Drenched in echoes and melodic crescendos, it’s the kind of song that would still be great fun at twice the run time.
Then there is the wordily titled but confidently delivered ballad Chin Music for the Unsuspecting Hero.
This well- written tune is low key in delivery but has a weighty ‘‘ me- againstthe- world’’ vibe. It would have fit comfortably on the album proper.
Love starts with weird electronic noises and a pretty straight piano and vocal combo. Not terrible but doesn’t really go anywhere either.
Torches was first released mid- last year; it rode the PUK hype wave to somewhere about one million albums sold.
This new tour edition, and a slot on the Big Day Out, has seen the LA band surf back into the top of the ARIA charts.
The trio’s stock- in- trade is sunny, dreamy West Coast indie pop fused with a little bit of Hot Chip- like synth- pop.
Singer Mark Foster has an easygoing falsetto and a deft touch with his retro melodies. His former day job was writing TV jingles.
Torches has summer written all over it. But once that is over, will they be able to create the magic again? Or will they be the next in a long line of shine- brightlythen- fade- quickly acts?