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Album Review

Passion Pit's mode of operation on their debut album, Manners, appears to be to juxtapose the giddiest music possible with some truly dark and self-searching lyrics. It's a classic trick that will have you singing along happily to the sound of confusion, sadness, and the torment of one man's mind. You can dig below the sweet falsetto of vocalist/songwriter Michael Angelakos, the rollicking and joyful tunes, and the glittering, shiny surfaces that the group and producer Chris Zane painstakingly create and absorb the insights and feelings of Angelakos' words or not, because the record is satisfying either way — especially if a record that combines Animal Collective's twee-est moments, Mercury Rev's most cotton-candied jams, the paisley-fied soul of Prince, and the synth pop hookiness of New Order sounds like a good idea to you. As if that weren't enough, they also bring '80s funk influences on the super catchy "Little Secrets" and a slick and pleasing '80s pop sound on a track like "To Kingdom Come" (which would have sounded perfect wedged between Peter Gabriel and INXS on a modern rock radio playlist back in 1986), and made sure to include the song from the previous EP that made people take notice of the band in the first place, the otherworldly "Sleepyhead." Add lots of glitch-pop sound manipulation for a modern sheen, live drums for a human heartbeat under all the Technicolor wall of sound, and a children's choir on a couple songs for extra innocence, and you have a record that could have been a total clustercrash of influences and sounds that ended up sounding hollow and pointless. Instead, thanks to the meticulous production values, the insane catchiness of the hooks, and the pure and true emotional underpinnings below all the gloss, the album is a total success of both sound and vision.

Customer Reviews


Passion Pit arrived last year with the infectious "Sleepyhead," a feel good, funky, electro anthem that made many heads turn in excitement and joy. There was a risk that maybe this would lead to them being one-hit wonders, too big before they even released an album. Luckily this is brilliant, truly an album for the MGMT generation and one that will surely appeal to both top 40 fans and indie nerds. Highlights include "Sleepyhead,"(Needs no Introduction) "Little Secret," (Great melodic electro jam) "The Reeling" (Early single that proved they weren't a one trick pony) and "Moth's wings" (Awesome pop song with a mandolin featured shares a jangly sound almost like R.E.M. or The Byrds) Passion Pit WILL be this year's Electro-Pop-Indie-Alternative band to saviour, in the same mold as MGMT, Cut Copy, The Presets and Empire of the Sun were last year. This is definitely an early front runner for album of the year!

Debut of the year

This album is a truly remarkable feat. Soaring vocals backed by incredibly catchy elctronics. THE BAND of this year. Move over MGMT there is a newbie on the scene. BUY IT NOW

Electro indie pop at its finest.

No new band in this genre connects the dots better than Passion Pit, a Boston-area quintet with a giddy melodic sense and an unabashed love for synth pop. This is just not an ensemble of laptops and keyboards, this is a full band effort and this and their organic song writing is what sets Passion Pit well and truly apart. Amazing.


Formed: 2008 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Boston, Massachusetts-based Passion Pit began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend. The gift, an EP entitled Chunk of Change, soon wound up in the hands of friends and acquaintances, who were enthralled with the work. Eventually, Passion Pit became not only a vehicle for the romantic expressions of Angelakos' heart but a full-fledged band — at least for live gigs — and opened for a number of well-known artists,...
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