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[NEW RELEASES] Passion Pit

July 13,2009
Do not judge Passion Pit by the opening track on “Manners,” its latest album. Instead, skip ahead to “Little Secrets.”

With a perky synth opening that slams into a head-bobbing beat, it’s impossible not to feel happy while listening to this song - especially when it has backing vocals provided by schoolchildren.

Dominated by electronic whirs, whines and beeps, Passion Pit is reminiscent of dance darlings MGMT. But with soaring instrumentals and androgynous vocals, as heard on “Moth’s Wings,” they also smack of the Polyphonic Spree.

Don’t be fooled by the sparkling production. Lead singer Michael Angelakos’ falsetto disguises surprisingly emotive lyrics, as on “Eyes as Candles”: “Why do I always need to need you when you’re fleeting/ Where do you go when I’m around?/ What have I done, what have I lost that’s so defeating?” Addressing subjects such as lost love, the uncertain future and ambition, Passion Pit proves music doesn’t have to be heavy in order to be deep. By Hannah Bae


Passion Pit

“Manners”

Label: Columbia

Genre: Electronica




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