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Sounds of summer
By David Butler
Artist: Foster the People
Label: Startime International/
Los Angeles dance-pop trio
Foster the People have been
completely unavoidable over
the past couple of months with
their smash radio hit Pumped up
Kicks getting a fair work-over on
radio and pretty much every-
where else pop music is played.
And for good reason.
It's summery, it's got a great
bass line that makes you want to
boogie, and a spacey, singable
chorus. These are all good things.
When one song generates this
amount of international buzz,
record companies are soon on
the scene demanding a full
length album, sure to sell millions.
Foster the People has respond-
ed to this call with its debut album
Torches, and it's a fairly credible
effort. Borrowing from similar
electro-tinged alt-pop acts such
as MGMT, Peter, Bjorn and John
and Jamiroquai, there's benign,
danceable tracks galore on this
record. If you're throwing any kind
of evening soiree this summer and
you want pretty girls (or boys) to
dance at it, you could do a lot
worse than include Torches in the
Opening track Helena Beat is as
strong a track as Pumped up Kicks
with a soaring falsetto chorus,
while Houdini amps up the synths
and the groove.
It's not all quality though. In the
rush to get a record out, the
mindless plodder Don't Stop
somehow slipped under the ra-
dar, as did the in-one-ear-out-the-
There's not much staying-power
underneath the easy, surface-
level ambience of Torches, but it
will do for a few good spins this
summer at least.
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