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Passion Pit

Posted in Music, Video by eatlooklisten on April 1, 2009


“The Reeling” – Passion Pit

This is apparently going to be the lead-off single from their new album, Manners. It was originally noted because backing vocals are provided by the oft-inspiring PS22 Chorus (they’re the second set of “oh noooooo” in the chorus). The Fader made a little behind-the-scenes video of the day they recorded the backup vocals, which you can watch right here. Seriously, how MFing cute is that? Because it is.

I’ve read some of the comments and reviews rolling in on the single, and it’s mixed. A lot of people apparently miss the distorted, glitchy textures displayed on the Chunk of Change EP, and are turned off by the 80’s-style big production. Personally? I love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Like, the amount of times I’ve listened to this in a row is kind of embarassing. I have to uncheck the song when I scrobble my iPod, because otherwise it’ll show that I’ve listened to this song 13 times or something ridiculous like that. But I can’t help it – the heavy, slick production, the gigantic bass sound (that sounds kind of tinny on YouTube), the choir-laden chorus that you will be singing to yourself for days (oh nooooooo, oh noooooooo), it’s just a fucking fantastic piece of pop. It’s unapologetically huge in a really non-cynical, uncalculated way. The only calculated moves I can detect are the band/Michael Angelakos’ desire to make an enormous, bombastic pop song. And it works for me big time.

Then again, you’re reading the opinions of someone who loves Alphabeat and FrankMusik and things of that ilk, so over-informed rock criticism you will not find here. Well, maybe a little.

In short, this song is GOOD.

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