Sometimes Torches Fade

Music bums me out every now and then. What I mean by this is that, there are times where I’ll listen to a promising debut EP from a band, get really excited about it, only to have all that excitement be replaced with disappointment when I hear their debut album. This scenario happened to me recently when I listened to Foster the People’s debut Torches.

I originally heard their EP when I was doing my pre-Coachella research this year. Yes, I look into bands I don’t know of that play at Coachella. Like I said, I’m a music-geek. That aside, their three song EP became, post-research, a favorite of mine leading up to the festival. I dug its MGMT-esque Dance-Pop vibe, and thought, it was a solid and promising effort from an upcoming band.

A sentiment that, upon first listen of Torches, didn’t quite cross my mind. The truth is, when it was all said and done, the only songs I could remember were the ones I had heard six-months ago. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy anything else off it, because I did; the catchy-whistle (?) of “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)” and the chorus behind “I Would Do Anything For You.” But that’s where it ended.

The thing is, the album, is much like its namesake; some of its songs—”Helena Beat,” “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Houdini” and the aforementioned two—burned bright in my subconscious after that initial listen, and the rest, well, those burned and simply faded away.