Summer is coming, and with it a huge cache of new music. One eagerly awaited release is Passion Pit’s followup to 2009′s Manners. The new album, Gossamer, hits shelves on July 24th and if the first single is any indication of what is to come, it should be quite a treat.
Released Passion Pit’s official website yesterday, “Take A Walk” is a promising mix of old and new. Liked the lush, layered electronic arrangements of their earlier work? You’re in luck. Wish you could actually hear what vocalist Michael Angelakos is saying? You won’t be disappointed. Vocals are brought to the forefront here, as “Take A Walk” turns out to be one of the most lyrically direct Passion Pit songs to date. The lyrics deal with issues all-too-real to urban twentysomethings like Angkelakos: the financial crisis and starting a family. Intertwined are the complexities of immigration and bringing relatives to the United States.
This departure from the gentle, abstract love songs of Manners (and Passion Pit’s first release, the Chunk of Change EP) is likely to be a dominant theme of the new album. In an interview with Pitchfork, Angelakos explained how his songwriting has changed:
You can hear what I’m saying on this record. I purposefully hid everything I was saying on the last record, and that’s very telling. I wasn’t sure of myself, I was younger, I was having a lot of different kinds of troubles, and I was on my own. People who are feeling alone don’t like to share their opinions. It’s hard for them to admit that they’re wrong. I like admitting I was wrong about things.
Elsewhere in the interview, Angelakos reveals some surprising inspiration for the new album:
I’m so insular when it comes to my writing, but there are specific influences: Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin. I’m really obsessed with perfect songwriting craftsmanship…Cole Porter’s songs will last forever.
Gossamer is being produced by Chris Zane (who has worked with Friendly Fires, Holy Ghost!, Tokyo Police Club, and produced Manners). Passion Pit will be playing a number of high-profile festivals this summer, including Governors Ball and Lollapalooza. See their full summer schedule here.
UPDATE Gossamer tracklist and cover art released:
01. Take a Walk
02. I’ll Be Alright
03. Carried Away
04. Constant Conversations
05. Mirrored Sea
06. Cry Like a Ghost
07. On My Way
09. Two Veils to Hide My Face
10. Love Is Greed
11. Its Not My Fault I’m Happy
12. Where We Belong