Last week, Passion Pit released their new album : Kindred. As a big fan of their work, you could expect my excitement when I saw it on Spotify's recommendations. And boy was I disappointed! After the first listening, I just wondered what I just heard. This wasn't the Passion Pit that I knew, who could make amazing songs like Sleepyhead and The Reeling. This was just another bland pop record for me.
But I couldn't give up on it. And I was right to do so.
For me, Kindred might be the best Passion Pit album yet. Michael Angelakos do what he does the best : make catchy pop songs. And it shows in Lifted Up and My Brother Taught Me How To Swim (for me the 2 best titles in the album). Both are very catchy songs, with very ingenious electronic rhythms. The rest of the album is mostly good, with songs like Five Foot Ten using arcade game sounds (who give an interesting mix), Dancing On The Grave offering a melancholic tone, and Until We Can't (Let's Go) who makes you want to smash everything around you (great when you go for a run). And Angelakos voice is incredible, as usual. You keep wondering how he does it.
I'm not qualified to do a full review of the album, so all I can say is that if you know Passion Pit already, you should not be disappointed (and if you are, give the record another chance). If you aren't, but you like bands like Foster The People, you should go listen it. And if you're looking for some catchy songs, it's for you.