Foster the People released their first EP only a couple weeks ago, and I must say that I wish ‘Foster the People EP’ was ‘Foster the People LP.’ Somehow I missed it when the much hyped about “Pumped Up Kicks,” was released in 2010, but with their new self-titled EP I can surely say that I know full well who Foster the People are, and think that you should too. This band has some serious potential, which besides me has already been recognized by the community (I mean, they’re playing Coachella before releasing a full-length album).
What’s interesting about the release of Foster the People’s first EP, was that before it was officially “released” you could already download 2/3 of the album for free. All I had to do was search Foster the People on “Pretty Much Amazing” and there you go, “Helena Beat” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” both available for legal free download. As my Japanese teach always says, “be resourceful.” Turns out it may actually save you a dollar or two. So yes, that made me quite happy, and I bought two pretty great remixes with the money I saved on the EP.
Although “Pumped Up Kicks” is what made Foster the People who they are, I must say that I much prefer the songs “Houdini” and “Helena Beat.” It may because they are a bit more pumpin’ to put it in the least sophisticated term possible. I’m tired and writing this on a plane back from the Winter X-Games in Aspen, so give me a break. But as I was saying, the other two tracks on the EP are just more exciting. It may be this strange thing I have right now that any song with a dominant synth line goes straight to the top of my list. Maybe it’s the pulsing bass drum. Either way, if you’ve heard “Pumped Up Kicks,” you haven’t heard anything until you’ve taken a listen to the other songs as well. Don’t get me wrong, “Pumped Up Kicks,” is an extremely awesome song. The other’s are just even better. So if I were to rate this EP, I’d give it an 9/10. Almost sweet sweet perfection. However, I go to a school without grades, so clearly I should be against anything of that sort. So stick to my in depth analysis, and don’t judge the EP off of just the number, because that would be very short sighted.
So now that I’m done making fun of my school, I also mentioned that I bought a couple awesome remixes with the money I said on ‘Foster The People EP.’ Those remixes are:
Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
1901 Bo Flex’D (Passion Pit Remix) - Phoenix
Both of these are off of remix editions of their albums and are really fantastic. Highly recommended. You can also download a track from the Two Door Cinema Club remix album for free off of Pretty Much Amazing which is just as good as the ones I spent money on. It’s Passion Pit’s remix of Under Cover Martyn by Two Door Cinema Club, and you can download it here.