3/5 When Passion Pit emerged in 2008 with their Chunk of Change EP, they sounded box fresh. And that box was full of approximately 234 ideas, samples, instruments and hooks, all herded together and made sense of by chief songwriter Michael Angelakos.
This kaleidoscopic formula proved a winning combination on the Massachusetts band’s 2009 album Manners, but recently Angelakos’s sonic hoarding had gone into overdrive, heaping more than 150 instrumental layers on a single track. Gossamer is, consequently, a bewildering earful. ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is a digi-pop explosion of helium-squeaky samples and skittering beats, while ‘On My Way’ and ‘Hideaway’ are shrill Flaming Lips facsimiles. Throughout, Angelakos sugar-coats lyrics of strife and self-loathing with skippy sunshine melodies, adding yet another – this time rather more welcome – layer.