Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eureka! Passion Pit

So what if Passion Pit is also the name of an old hardcore porno? The actual story behind the birth of this band is surprisingly… endearing. Michael Angelakos was a student at Emerson College who wanted to surprise his girlfriend with something nice for Valentines Day. Being that he was a day or two late, he ended up going all out and giving her an EP, now entitled Chunk of Change. I’ve gotta say, it makes those chocolates I received seem kind of bland, and by bland, I mean really thoughtful. Thanks!

After adding four more members to the mix, namely, Ian Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer, the group was all the rage at the CMJ festival last October. Some of the tracks are a bit lacking. “Better Things” is hardly impressive but catchy dance tracks like, “I’ve Got Your Number” saves the day with some always infectious synthetic hand clapping and Angelakos’ lilting falsetto.

"Sleepyhead" is by far the standout track in my opinion. Backed by a strong beat, this song practically explodes with Alvin and the Chipmunk-esque vocal loops and shimmering synthtasticness. I just made up two words to describe it. That’s how crazy it is. The song was immediately a blog hit. We didn’t report on it in the midst of its success because we didn’t have a blog back then. Sorry about that. Consider this a belated Valentines Day present?

*Bonus points to them for touring with Ra Ra Riot!

Sleepyhead mp3
I've Got Your Number mp3

For more information check out Passion Pit's myspace page.

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