Thu 2 Apr 2009
Don’t be alarmed by the jumping stop-start-ness of Passion Pit’s new single from their upcoming debut album Manners. In their trademark fashion it’s typically ramshackle and experimental psychedelic rave-pop, so expect to be confused and then hooked for the duration of the almost five minute long pop song. Passion Pit first caught my attention with their spacey trance/rock-like song Sleepyhead (free download below), which I played repeatedly on EMJ radio last year and is now on regular rotate on NZ music TV and student radio. The Massachusetts band now has a huge international buzz behind them due to their hugely successful catchiness and likable genre-transcending music. While it has definitely irked some, who criticise its high-pitched vocals and repetitive nature, I guess you could liken it to dance-oriented indie pop/rock. Yes, it repeats and is high pitched, but is fueled with a magnetic energy and this emanates throughout the weird glittering synths and almost cheesy SFX. It works, in other words. The five-piece now has a huge PR machine and Columbia Records behind them, having been featured on MTV and the like. Columbia sent us a customised player to show off the band’s new single The Reeling, a glitzy dance/rock anthem with catchy vocals and aforementioned energetic vibe. Theirs is another in a string of albums to anticipate in ’09. Manners will be out on May 19 in the UK and May 26 in the US.