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4.0 out of 5 stars Lap-Top Rock :-), 18 May 2009
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This review is from: Manners (Audio CD)
I came across Passion Pit via The Mummers who do a wonderful version of 'Sleepyhead'. I thought that was so good, I searched out more of Passion Pit's stuff on YouTube and ordered the CD.

So - was it worth the risk? Oh yes, I think so. Apparently the EP Chunk of Change was first recorded on a laptop. So, it kind of fits in with that lovely sort of home-made feel like Animal Collective. But the album benefits from a full studio.

It's great - it's really happy, fun music. It does have a rather 70s Supertramp feel to it - the vocals are definitely reminiscent of Supertramp, but in places it gets quite 70's funky as well, although most of the tracks have a heavy 4/4 beat.

The sleeve notes consist of the lyrics - they're all a bit hippy-trippy:

'When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook 'em up the walls came crumbling
My thin skin trembling with these salty wounds
My stolen gold inside the emperor's tomb
Now painting rainbows on my ugly face'.

Er, right. I think Jon Anderson would be quite at home with some of these! Still, those lyrics come from the second track 'Little Secrets' which is a really funky track with a chorus of 'Higher, higher, higher'.

Then 'Moth's Wings' starts with mandolins, before the piano and heavy 4/4 beat comes in again.

'The Reeling' reminded me of 'Tempovision' which, admittedly, isn't very 70s. Again, it's a really funky, heavy synth sound, but with a thumping 4/4 beat.

'Swimming In The Flood' is a down tempo ballad, but with heavy percussion right up front.

'Folds In Your Hands' - vocal harmonies, thumping synth, funky, happy pop music.

'To Kingdom Come' starts with a nice guitar riff, then the heavy percussion thumps in, gentle synth and vocals and, curiously, a horn section (well, probably a synth).

Then 'Sleepyhead', which is just a lovely, silly, happy, daft song, backing vocals by Alvin And The Chipmunks, well, sounds like.

Overall, then, a sort of retro-electro-pop and above all happy sound. Definitely 70s inspired - but please don't let that put you off! There's some good stuff here :-)
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Initial post: 18 May 2009 20:30:14 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear Ms Toast

Alvin and the Chipmunks !? This I gotta hear !

You listening to young Mr Mathers' worthy ressurection?

Give it a shot.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 20 Jul 2009 21:44:54 BDT
The Wolf says:
Have you heard St Vincent's 'Actor' yet ?
If you havn't you've a treat in store.
I loved this one too !

Best Wishes

The Wolf
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