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Passion Pit – Kindred | Album Review

Is it third time the charm with Passion Pit’s latest record? Read our review here to find out!

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Michael Angelakos has the type of voice that you will instantly recognise. From the start, Angelakos has led as the band’s vocalist whilst his fellow members have alternated when it comes to live performance. But, despite diverging from the conventional sense of a ‘band’, the sound has always managed to remain consistent.

Like its predecessors, Kindred continues to be heavy on its electronic synth-pop, a formula that is very much a comfort zone, but also Passion Pit’s beloved signature. This couldn’t be any more evident than in lead track ‘Lifted Up (1985)‘, a celebratory number that blasts you with glittering synths to match the cheeriness that comes with that feeling of nostalgia. Such positivity infiltrates down the tracklist whether it’s the Tetris-sounding ‘Whole Life Story‘ or the production-heavy ‘Five Foot Ten (l)‘. Whilst the latter track consists of speedy electronica which makes for a highly playful backdrop, it also has lyrical depth, the singer fixating on his personal growth.

One of Kindred’s best finds comes in the form of a perky ode titled ‘Where The Sky Hangs‘. It seems as if Angelakos is one of many current artists bringing back the sound of the eighties and this is no bad thing. The track is the definition of throwback, having crescendoing synths throughout until the sounds of crisp guitar riffs join to perfect that retro vibe.

Dancing on the Grave‘ sees Angelakos’ falsetto at its cleanest and finest. You’ll find Kindred’s most candid and transparent lyrical substance here, a lullaby track that marks the overcoming of a battle, a meaning so broad that it can apply to many a situation. However, falsetto also appears to be the vocalist’s worst enemy. ‘Looks Like Rain‘ had the potential, particularly with its lyrical charm: “But they stayed and you soaked under all of the grey/And the rain washed all our cries and pleas away”. However, this lyric comes after some vocal runs which are, in short, a bit all over the place.

Overall, Kindred doesn’t just contain tracks, it is comprised of multi-faceted musical pieces where sound rightly takes the forefront. Though the album doesn’t offer anything necessarily new in terms of musical style, it offers one that is bound to satisfy devotees as well as many television/film soundtracks to come.

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