Life on the Nickel
Just in time for summer, L.A. trio Foster the People deliver their debut, a neon-lit electro-pop record that works every catchy element in the hip-kid's handbook. Torches starts off in the Daft Punk pyramid before reverb infiltrates and a flaccid falsetto snakes in. Breakout single "Pumped Up Kicks" should perk Peter Bjorn and John's ears up, its dark lyrics ("You better run, better run, faster than my bullet") disguised with a jolly whistle and a smooth dance groove. Elsewhere, hints of MGMT's kitschy pop and Passion Pit's relentless synth-bounce will have the kids flocking.