Foster the People’s debut full-length album Torches is a pop driven, electronica dream. The harmonized vocals and sunny beats are catchy as hell and make it the perfect summer soundtrack.
The Los Angeles trio intertwines 80s synthpop with modern electronic beats to create a whole new world — lead by falsettos and whistling, of course. With Mark Foster on vocals, synth, keys, and guitar, Mark Pontius on percussion, and Cubbie Fink on bass and vocals, Foster the People is unmistakably new age dance rock — but the lyrics are, well, depressing.
Previously released on their self-titled EP, “Pumped Up Kicks” is the catchiest of them all. Listen closely, though, and Foster will tell you a story of a boy and his mental instability: “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks better run, outrun, outrun my gun,” is the lyric on repeat, but somehow it makes me want to dance the most.
After their breakout gig at Cochella, Foster the People has been the band to look out for. Using synth beats similar to Justice and indie pop tendencies like Passion Pit, this album is nothing short of amazing.
Torches is easily a top ten album of the year. Their need to push the limits is a refreshing take on a style heard across the map. It’s not that other artists have done it poorly; Foster the People has just done it better.