Passion Pit's soul reflected
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