When Passion Pit released their debut EP Chunk of Change, I loved it as a fun electropop record with some sweet love songs. I danced to it, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it. Their first full-length, Manners, was much of the same. I heard good beats, but not a lot of substance.
And when they started releasing music from their second full-length album Gossamer, I honestly wasn’t even paying attention. The novelty of the synth beats and falsetto had worn off for me.
But then I read Larry Fitzmaurice’s interview/feature with frontman Michael Angelakos, which delves into Angelakos’ struggles with bipolar disorder. And it gave me a totally new lens with which to listen to Passion Pit, and – for the first time – to actually pay attention to the lyrics.
There’s a lot more emotional depth than I was giving them credit for. If you’ve been unfairly dismissing them like I have, take a listen to “I’ll Be Alright,” the second track off the upcoming album:
Lyric to (Re)consider: “Well I’ve made so many messes / And this love has grown so restless / Your whole life’s been nothing but this”