Up until recently, I hadn’t actually heard of Foster the People. I was introduced to them by the boyfriend, who heard them on the radio in Australia and sent me one of their songs. I was then greeted with an advert for their album, ‘Torches’, upon signing into Spotify a few days later, and decided to have a listen.
I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since.
Having only formed in 2009, the LA band are relatively new, which is likely to be why we are yet to see much of them in the UK.
With a sound reminiscent of an MGMT/ Hot Chip/ Passion Pit mash up, the album makes for easy summer listening. Consisting of electro beats that you can’t help but bop around your room too, as well as chilled out vibes perfect for relaxing in the sunshine, ‘Torches’ is the perfect summer record.
Lead singer, Mark Foster’s vocals hold an eery similarity to those of Jason Pebworth of Orson (remember them?), particularly on certain tracks such as ‘Call It What You Want‘. The ‘Foster The People‘ sound is worlds apart from the current R&B/Pop sound currently taking over the mainstream chart, and makes for a refreshing change.
This is one band I would particularly love to see at a festival; the fast paced, happiness invoking beats would be ideally suited to festival vibes.
The album also includes some incredible acoustic versions of particular tracks, which are equally as good as the as the album tracks. Whilst I can’t really pick favourites, I am rather fond of ‘Miss You‘ and ‘I Would Do Anything For You‘ because not only are they catchy, they also hold lyrics I can relate to.
I can definitely see myself being hooked on this one for the entire summer.