Written by Alfonso Miguel Bassig
Listen to it once, and you would hear odes to bliss. Give it another round, and you would find yourself in deep intrapersonal therapy. Gossamer, Passion Pit’s second full-length release, tends to give its listeners a false first impression with its outer shell of glossy electropop beats, and not to mention its title—which in the literal sense pertains to something light and delicate, and thematically, the tracks are nowhere near that.
In a Pitchfork cover story published earlier this year, Michael Angelakos, front man of the Boston-based band admitted that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since the age of 18. Delving on themes such as alcoholism, mental breakdown, and suicide; there is no dispute that his distress heavily affected the record’s gestation period. We find ourselves part of Angelakos’ race with himself, and to listen is what he wants us to do.
And the race is preempted by a gunshot, but sadly a faint one. Lyrically, Take a Walk feels misplaced. It doesn’t do much of a good job as a prelude of what the album has got in store as it revolved too much on economical matters. It does, however, give the listener a dose of Gossamer’s entirety in a way that it displays Passion Pit’s ability to juxtapose melancholia with pop, and produce earworm out of it.
With banging drums, chattering riffs, and scattered pauses; a seizure of an intro generates a certain hype that lasts throughout the second track I’ll Be Alright whilst beautifully contrasting Angelakos’ apologetic tone. Let the first track take a walk (pun intended)—this would have been a better opener for the album.
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