Hey. It’s May. I continue to slack. Since the year is nearly half over, I’ll just post 12 or so albums I liked over the last 12 or some months…
Passion Pit – Chunk of Change
(#3 of 12 in no particular order)
As mentioned before, people are sick of sincerity. The world’s heart has hardened as year-after-year of more cloying emo bands have clogged the brains of music fans and playlists of radio stations. When you hear something that’s confessional verging on embarrassing, it’s no longer a bold statement but a groaner.
Passion Pit, the nom de plum of Michael Angelakos, has the only acceptable excuse: these songs are not for you to hear. PP’s debut EP, “Chunk of Change” was recorded by him for an audience of one — his girlfriend. Lyrics that would normally be cringe-worthy once again become sweet. Grand imperfect love-sick gestures are somehow okay again.
What’s more, you can ignore all the lyrical content and you’re still hearing a brilliantly made laptop album. It’s an EP that mixes refreshing up-tempo samples, charmingly twee falsettos and occupational club-worthy bass. Their Vampire Weekendesque blog buzz has polarized critics, and the back-backlash should be starting soon. Don’t worry about choosing sides… just give ’em a listen.
Their first LP, Manners, is dropping soon.