Torches

~ Release group by Foster the People

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
TorchesFoster the PeopleDigital Media11
  • US2011-05-23
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), StarTime International884977979442
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD10
  • US2011-05-23
StarTime International, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)STI-012886977445729
Torches (Best Buy exclusive edition)Foster the PeopleCD12
  • US2011-05-23
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), StarTime International89773-2886978977328
TorchesFoster the PeopleDigital Media10
  • US2011-05-23
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)
TorchesFoster the People12" Vinyl10
  • US2011-05-24
StarTime InternationalSTI-013886978977212
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD15
  • JP2011-11-02
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP-33004547366061888
Torches (tour edition)Foster the People2×CD10 + 7
  • AU2011-12-16
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), StarTime International886919230020886919230024
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD10
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment), StarTime International88697744572886977445729
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD10
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), StarTime International8869 774457 2886977445729
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD10
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment), StarTime International88697 74457 2886977445729
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD10
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), StarTime InternationalCDCOL74036007124641731
TorchesFoster the People12" Vinyl10
  • XE2012-02-24
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment), StarTime International88697897721886978977212
TorchesFoster the PeopleCD + DVD19 + 10
  • JP2012-07-25
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint), StarTime InternationalSICP-3575~64547366065893
Torches X (Deluxe Edition)Foster the PeopleDigital Media20
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (reissue division of Sony Music Entertainment)886449765355
Torches XFoster the PeopleDigital Media20
  • XW2021-11-12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)886449402915

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Broken Jaw
Call It What You Want
Chin Music for the Unsuspecting Hero
Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)
Helena Beat
Houdini
Pumped Up Kicks
Pumped Up Kicks (Gus Dapperton version)
Ruby
part of:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 2012) (order: 32)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/339399 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gdrj [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/foster_the_people/torches/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002135149 [info]
Wikidata:Q1706786 [info]

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Indie rock is undergoing a much-needed regeneration of late. Reedy guitars hold less sway, funk punk is finally packing up its cowbell and the glum cells of black-clad doom-mongers imitating Ian Curtis because they can't actually sing are headed for the shadowy obscurity to which they so tediously aspired. In their place comes a disco nous, hints of Afrobeat and MGMT psychedelia. LA-based Foster the People are the culmination of that transformation; the Matt Smith of the new indie.

Envisioning themselves as a more populist and accessible Animal Collective, they adapt AC's art-tronic adventurousness to incorporate the funky danceability of Scissor Sisters, the fuzzy pop catchiness of Kids and the knack of throwing in deceptively downbeat twists akin to Girls, Sleigh Bells or Smith Westerns. Current single Pumped Up Kicks is a prime example, with singer Mark Foster trilling "You'd better run / Faster than my bullet" to a psychedelic block party skipping tune that seems to have dropped off the end of Oracular Spectacular, giving the impression of the cheeriest schoolyard gunman ever.

That's the darkest corner of Foster's psyche illuminated by Torches; elsewhere, there's considerably more levity. Call It What You Want is full-on trance pop complete with disco piano and hip hop squiggles, and Don't Stop (Color on the Walls) is peak-era Dandy Warhols right down to the clap-along guitars and jubilant disregard for the laws of the land. By the time I Would Do Anything for You rolls around with its sunny, Auto-Tuned ode to blossoming romance you'd be forgiven for deciding FTP are the MGMT who'll never prog-out on you.

After Houdini sees Torches deliver its own sparking Electric Feel, however, the latter section of the album reveals them as a far more promising and intriguing proposition. Life on the Nickel is a falsetto pop chant swathed in grime clicks and crunches, and Miss You sounds like Chris Martin lost and alone at a pagan rave; both suggest that FTP might soon pioneer a transatlantic fusion of dance and indie aesthetics that threatens to merge and rejuvenate both genres like no act since The Rapture. Time will tell, but this opening salvo will certainly leave you pumped up for further Foster kicks.