Passion Pit, "Gossamer" (Columbia Records)
From their achingly hip EP "Chunk of Change" to their 2010 follow-up "Manners," anticipation has been turbocharged for another pitch-perfect, electro-pop album from Passion Pit.
And their latest, "Gossamer," hits all the right notes. The band keeps exploring the themes of hipster life -- intoxication, love lost and hopelessness sung in their beautiful, uncontrived manner. Opening track and first single "Take a Walk" is a rousing festival anthem that you could easily imagine a beer-tinged audience chanting its chorus.
"I'll Be Alright" blasts with a weighty beat and "Mirrored Sea" sounds like a definite dance-floor hit. Then there's the electro synth-heavy "Cry Like a Ghost," which muses on excessive drinking.
Overall, the Massachusetts-based band has a created an album that is melodically upbeat and lyrically melancholy. And it works.
Check this out: "Love is Greed" questions young love with lamenting strings.