Passion Pit 'Gossamer'

Updated: 2 Nov 2012

Time Out says

Rating: 3/5

When Passion Pit emerged in 2008 with their ‘Chunk of Change’ EP, they sounded box fresh. And that box was full of approximately 234 ideas, samples, instruments and hooks, all herded together and made sense of by chief songwriter Michael Angelakos. This kaleidoscopic formula and Angelakos’s distinctive falsetto proved a winning combination on the Massachusetts band’s 2009 album ‘Manners’. But a recent interview suggested his sonic hoarding had gone into overdrive. Angelakos revealed he heaped over 150 instrumental layers on one track, and then had to mute half of them to make the song work.

‘Gossamer’ is, consequently, a bewildering earful. ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is a digi-pop explosion of helium-squeaky samples and skittering beats, while ‘On My Way’ and ‘Hideaway’ are shrill Flaming Lips facsimiles. But there are moments of excellence (and relative minimalism), particularly the R&B slow jam ‘Constant Conversations’ and the twinkling bounce of ‘Carried Away’. Throughout, Angelakos sugar-coats lyrics of strife and self-loathing with skippy sunshine melodies, adding yet another – this time rather more welcome – layer. Kim Taylor Bennett