Shine a light on sum­mer lovin’

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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?

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