Artist: Passion Pit Track: "Sleepyhead" Album: Chunk of Change EP Homepage
Much like LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit's Chunk of Change is music for dancing and philosophizing, one that works in the mind, heart and rear end. And like the epic Sound of Silver, this one took me a while to get into -- largely because its dual nature makes it somewhat difficult to approach. It's not quite as catchy as the new Kelly Clarkson jam or as emotionally deep as Bon Iver's relationship musings, but it combines things neither or those artists could.
You'll think this record is cool. People you respect will tell you they like it. Then, in a flash of effervescence and wild falsetto, boom!
It is, as singer Michael Angelakos says, like fire around the brim, burning solid. The EP was written one-off project for his girlfriend (a Valentine's Day gift, actually), and the entire thing has the immediacy and sizzle of a courtship going really well. Bells, synths, claps, drums and wild voices played at different speeds lend it that addictive rush of a first kiss.
Another good review can be found here.