Review: Passion Pit, ‘Gossamer’

Review: Passion Pit, ‘Gossamer’: Aidin Vaziri | The promotional run for Passion Pit’s first album, “Manners,” kicked off in heroic fashion with front man Michael Angelakos suffering a nervous breakdown live onstage at the 2009 South by Southwest music festival. The record went on to garner the New York band heaps of praise for its effervescent mix of electro-pop and angst, with songs such as “The Reeling” and “Sleepyhead” landing the group spots at major festivals, where kids danced to Angelakos’ misery. Three years later, it seems success hasn’t entirely chased away his demons. Despite the inspirational disco pulse of tunes such as “I’ll Be Alright” and “Carried Away,” the singer’s falsetto still aches. But with the sterling hooks and sugar-buzz rush of the music, it’s easy to ignore the boy crying in the corner at the party – a fact he seems to have accepted. On the beautifully warped “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy,” Angelakos sings through a wall of studio effects, “I know that it’s always something/ I’m just working with what I’ve been given.”

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