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Passion Pit’s 2008 debut EP Chunk of Change was full of approximately 234 samples, instruments and hooks, all made sense of by chief songwriter Michael Angelakos.
This formula and Angelakos’s distinctive falsetto proved a winning combination on the 2009 album Manners. For Gossamer, he reportedly heaped over 150 instrumental layers on one track, then had to mute half of them to make the song work.
Gossamer is, consequently, a bewildering earful. “I’ll Be Alright” is a digi-pop explosion of helium-squeaky samples and skittering beats, while “On My Way” and “Hideaway” are shrill Flaming Lips facsimiles. But there are moments of excellence (and relative minimalism), particularly the R&B slow jam “Constant Conversations” and the twinkling bounce of “Carried Away”. Throughout, Angelakos sugarcoats lyrics of strife and self-loathing with skippy sunshine melodies, adding yet another, more welcome layer.
I'LL BE ALRIGHT MUSIC VIDEO
By Kim Taylor Bennett on August 03 2012 4.19am