Al­bum lights up grey days

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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