Passion Pit + Tanlines

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  • Rock and indie
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Photograph: Chrissy Piper

Passion Pit: Masters of summer pop (the indie Bee Gees?), Passion Pit have finally delivered the follow-up to their awesome 2009 album, Manners, with a lush new disc, Gossamer. Fans of singalong choruses, Phoenix, MGMT and strolling in the moonlight in the middle of summer (or a cool night in California in April) will love it.

Tanlines: At first listen, Mixed Emotions, the debut full-length from Tanlines, sounds like a straightforwardly good-time album: honest pop with swelling synths and giddy arrangements. But as you delve deeper, dark undercurrents emerge and wonderfully anthemic choruses begin to convey lostness and uncertainty. Likewise, the band members engage in multiple identities: Brooklyn indie entertainers who make lighthearted synth-rock, and complex, introspective artists who disclose further depth with each album spin.