Feel good Summer album
Foster the People - Torches

There’s something very familiar about LA’s Foster The People. From the earwormy chorus of single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ to the relentlessly buzzing synths, it’s all very MGMT. Not that that’s a bad thing. There’s a fuzzy warmth to ‘Torches’ that makes you suspect that, when not recording, the band were spending their time larking about at poolside BBQs. And while that constant jollity could become irritating, it manages instead to be endearing. OK, singer Mark Foster’s voice occasionally grates, and ‘Don’t Stop’ sounds a little too much like a bad Passion Pit cast-off. But otherwise, this is a feel-good hit of the summer.


Words by Will Salmon


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