Recommended TrackCarried Away
Passion Pit creator Michael Angelakos isn’t happy. So why does his music sound like a procession of deliriously gurny gummy bears marching across a double rainbow towards Unicorn Mountain? The follow-up to 2009’s ‘Manners’ is a miserable break-up album masked in quirky, toddler-friendly, pop stomps. This is musical therapy we’re listening to, and we’ve caught him in the middle of a pretty gruelling session. Firstly, Angelakos’ honesty is to be applauded; titles include ‘Love Is Greed’, ‘Two Veils To Hide My Face’, and ‘Cry Like A Ghost’. He pleads for forgiveness and promises to shed his “demons” in ‘On My Way’. He squeals, “I drink a gin a take a couple of my pills” delightedly on ‘I’ll Be Alright’. His songs unravel like a raucous and disconcerting flick through a grown man’s tear-stained diary. There are moments of respite though: ‘Contestant Conversations’ reclines in a laid-back R&B groove and ‘Cry Like A Ghost’ experiments with a slick and snake-hipped Timberlake pop sheen. However, the mania to Angelakos’ high-pitched vocals and darkness to his lyrics still make this new LP quite difficult to welcome in. Grand and grizzling, ‘Gossamer’ begs for adoration, but too often leaves an uncomfortably bittersweet aftertaste.