New Tunes Tuesday - Passion Pit's New Album "Kindred"
February 24, 2015
PASSION PIT TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS SPRING
NEW ALBUM KINDRED COMING APRIL 21
HEAR “LIFTED UP (1985)” AND “WHERE THE SKY HANGS” NOW
“Joyous...blistering dance track...”—Rolling Stone
“‘Lifted Up (1985)’ is pretty much everything we've come to expect from the synth-pop project —all twinkling, vibrant synths andcrashing drums.”—The Fader
“‘Lifted Up (1985)’ is a chirpy, ebullient synthpop song built to conquer arenas and soundtrack inspirational montages for decadesin the future.”—Stereogum
“A massive electropop number lined with surging, colorful synths and led by frontman Michael Angelakos’ airy croon.”—Consequence of Sound
“[‘Where The Sky Hangs’ is] a big and bright song, but it’s slower and more stately, with a midtempo ’80s-pop lilt”—Stereogum
“A bouncy, midtempo song with Michael Angelakos' trademark falsetto at front-and-center, ‘Where the Sky Hangs’ has the frontman repeatedly crooning about getting ‘caught up in your heartstrings’ over kickyspringtime-ready synths.”—SPIN
In celebration of the release of their new album Kindred, out April 21, Passion Pit will tour North America this spring, playing intimate venues in the U.S. and Canada. The band will make stops including SXSW, Buku and Big Guava Music Festivals, Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, two nights at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club and many more. See below for full tour routing—fan presale begins Tuesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. local time, with the public onsale Friday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Listen to Kindred tracks “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where The Sky Hangs" via Itunes
Critical praise for Passion Pit:
“Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos makes Technicolor electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things...”—NPR Music
“Shiny, happy sounds define the music of Passion Pit…dizzying electronic stutters, wavery manipulated voices, chiming glockenspiels, stately pianos, female backup singers, twittering woodwinds and elegiac string sections. It’s larger and much cleaner than life—that is, until Mr. Angelakos’s lyrics sink in.”—The New York Times
“Michael Angelakos’ records don't always sound human. The track-upon-track production mixes keyboards, guitars and orchestral instruments until it’s sometimes little more than a bundle of luminous accouterments. Yet below the ultra-modern glisten are little diaries of tough times and hard living, all of them graced with emotive, soul falsettos...”—Los Angeles Times
Kindred was written by Passion Pit creative force and frontman Michael Angelakos and recorded in New York City. The album was produced by Angelakos alongside longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, as well as Benny Blanco.
Angelakos’ songwriting process for Passion Pit has always been to filter and reshape. Many sounds on Kindred that one would assume are synths are actually Angelakos’ voice, manipulated by computers and pedals. Angelakos frequently repurposes sound: using Top 40 signifiers for outré ends, crushing weird natural and synthetic detritus together into pop (Brent Katz, liner notes, 2015).
Kindred follows Passion Pit’s 2012 hit Gossamer, which found the band selling out Madison Square Garden, appearing on “Saturday Night Live” and a special “Live on Letterman” performance, and playing at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Outside Lands and more.
PASSION PIT LIVE
March 14 New Orleans, LA Buku Music + Arts Festival March 17 Austin, TX Fader Fort at SXSW March 27 Phoenix, AZ McDowell Mountain Music Festival April 26 Norfolk, VA The Norva April 29 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall May 5 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club May 6 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club May 8 Tampa, FL Big Guava Music Festival May 10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center May 11 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre May 13 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall May 14 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall May 17 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park May 19 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market May 20 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market May 22 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre May 22-24 El Paso, TX Neon Desert Music Festival May 26 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre May 29 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino May 30 Napa, CA BottleRock Festival July 24-26 Oro-Medonte, ON WayHome Music Festival
KINDRED TRACK LISTING
1. Lifted Up (1985) 2. Whole Life Story 3. Where the Sky Hangs 4. All I Want 5. Five Foot Ten (I) 6. Dancing on the Grave 7. Until We Can’t (Let’s Go) 8. Looks Like Rain 9. My Brother Taught Me How To Swim 10. Ten Feet Tall (II)
Release information courtesy of Sacks & Co PR. Images provided by Sacks & Co
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