Album lights up grey days
If you’re spending your days gazing out an office window at dark skies and spring rain, Foster the People are here to transport you to a sunnier world.
Judging by their debut album, the Los Angeles band’s ideal existence consists of beaches, barbecues, boogie boards and lemon-flavoured Coronas – all soundtracked by insanely catchy songs.
Torches is frontloaded with the kind of festival-friendly singalongs loved and then loathed by MGMT, kicking off with the synth-fuelled falsetto of Helena Beat, continued with the Pop Levi-aping Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) and completed by Call It What You Want’s hyped flavours.
And there’s hidden depth with the R’N’B stylings of Houdini updating Colour Me Bad’s I Wanna Sex You Up to great effect, while breakthrough slow-jam Pumped Up Kicks references high school massacres – not shoes, as everyone seems to think. Torches is pure ear candy but there’s enough variation here to prove that Foster the People are here for a long time as well as a good time. Get into them now, because by summer they’re going to be everywhere.
EAR CANDY: Foster the People are here to soundtrack good times.