This is just one of those post you have to do about a band right after listening to their album. Not like the previous works of these Cambridge, Mass cats wasn’t something to behold, but their latest Gossemer is got to be one of my favorites for 2012. Passion Pit is Michael Angelakos (vocals, keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards, guitar), Xander Singh (synthesizers, samplers), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synthesizers), Nathan Donmoyer (drums) these former students make up this eclectic, soulful, retro and sometimes quirky electronica ensemble.
At first, Michael wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. After one of his solo shows in the Boston area, Ian Hultquist, who was attending Berklee at the time, approached Angelakos and expressed interest in creating and playing music collaboratively. They formed a group that consisted of Angelakos, Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). The band spent a considerable amount of time trying to flesh out a collaborative format and structure that would work best for them. Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer joined the band shortly after they signed to Frenchkiss in 2008, replacing Plasse and Lavinsky, respectively.
In 2008 this quintet released their first EP entitled Chunk Of Change written by Michael apparently as a belated Valentines gift for his girlfriend at the time. They followed that up with their song Sleepyhead, which for me and I imagine everyone else, was their breakout song. They soon signed with the label Frenchkiss In 2008. In 2009 they released Manners which features such tracks as The Reeling, Little Secrets and Let Your Love Grow Tall, all catchy as hell. They had plenty of success off that album playing world tours and heading up concerts such as Coachella and the amazing Glastonbury Festival in England. Gossemer, released in 2012, is the third album and most introspective out of all the three. The lead singer makes mention of a lot of heartache in this one and by the sounds of it a lot of apologizing. I’m not one to judge, but this Michael guy sounds like a handful full in the love department, but it makes for some great tunes so bring on the melancholy. If your suffering from some love episode and think you might not recover might I recommend you listening to this album. It’s got a lot of the ups and downs and not the ambiguous kind the songs are good at naming names and giving you hella details into this man’s life and I think for me that’s what put the proverbial cherry on this depressing pizookie. It’s candy coated realness and puts it all out there musically and lyrically, but you don’t have to take my word for it. I wonder what they went to school for.