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Foster The People


Newcomers Foster the People released a teaser EP for this album with Columbia a few months ago. That three song featured “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Houdini”, and “Helena Beat.” The EP was a very solid preview of what was to come with the full album and this debut full, “Torches” doesn’t disappoint. These ten tracks are fun to listen to over and over again and Foster the People’s alternative approach to dance music makes this content both original and enjoyable. The best thing about this trio and their approach is that originality. You can try and find similarities and you’ll find vague ones, but the truth is there hasn’t been a lot of music similar to what these guys are putting out on “Torches.” On “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” the track starts out like early 60’s Brit-pop and then the band tosses in several nuances and effects and they make it something completely new and fun. “Houdini” is the exact opposite of “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”, the band starts out with a solid beat and then they infuse some older 80’s pop elements to the music… to again make something completely imaginative. Plus, FTP avoids a common problem and avoids repeating themselves on their songs. Out of these ten songs, maybe two sound alike. Foster the People has a great debut in “Torches”, listen through it once and you’ll be listening to it several times over.


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