Just in time for those warm sticky days spent sprawled outside on a friend’s porch, Passion Pit have released their dreamiest album yet, Gossamer, despite the major emotional turbulence that seemed to come to a crescendo this year for the man behind it all, Michael Angelakos. The sophomore album overshadows 2009’s Manners by leaps and bounds thanks to its blasting bass, techno beats and comforting synths. “On Gossamer there is more of a dichotomy between the lyrics and the music,” explains Angelakos. “You hear my lyrics more precisely which is something I was ready for. The lyrics on this album have a lot to say about what the last two years of my life have been troubled with.”
Working with producer Chris Zane, who produced the highly acclaimed Manners, Angelakos was able to tell the story of his relationship with fiancée Kristy Mucci, his alcoholism and the perils of his depression, which may not be apparent to someone listening to the gorgeous music instead of the lyrics. Make no mistake, despite Gossamer’s electropop outside, there’s a lot of emotion going on lyrically.
Best Tracks: “I’ll Be Alright,” “Take a Walk,” “Constant Conversations” and “Mirrored Sea”
Skip These: “Cry Like a Ghost,” “On My Way”