Passion Pit's frontman, Michael Angelakos, has poured his heart, soul and struggles into the band's latest release, Gossamer. Overall, he's matured as an artist and writer.
The opener, Take a Walk, is an exception - in the chorus anyway. It's unimaginative: repeated "take a walk", along with the odd "oh-oh-oh" thrown in doesn't cut it. But the music video is creative: a first-person view from a bouncing ball.
I'll Be Alright is as off the chart as it gets, sounding like a mix of Daft Punk - with mash-up sounds and warped samples - and Pet Shop Boys' retro-electro dance.
Constant Conversations makes its mark as the pared-down, slow-jammer with hints of rhythm and blues. The background vocals by Swedish a cappella group Erato are brilliantly layered over synthesised vocals.
Angelakos has said that On My Way is dedicated to his dearly beloved. It sounds like a plea for her support, and his passion is undeniable.
Barry C Chung