Passion Pit - "Sleepyhead"

Passion Pit began earnestly enough as, Boston-based, Michael Angelakos' Valentine's Day gift to his girlfriend. The one-man-project consisted of a handful of home-recorded songs. It seems that the gift went over alright as she began passing the disc along to friends who also found that they liked Angelakos' songs. Eventually, the songs ended up in the hands of indie label, Frenchkiss Records, and they've now been released as an EP, entitled Chunk of Change.

The EP includes all of the original songs plus an additional track, "Sleepyhead," that has been written and recorded since Angelakos assembled a full band so he could play the songs live. Passion Pit has opened up for some rather big name acts, such as Death Cab For Cutie, but its heart-on-sleeve mixture of electronics and pop music bares more resemblance to DCFC side project, The Postal Service.

While all of the tracks are enjoyable enough, "Sleepyhead" is the one that you'll find yourself playing over and over again. I take this as a good sign since it is of a more recent vintage than the other five songs. If this song is a preview of things to come, then we have much to look forward to from Passion Pit. And, if it's just a fluke, we still have one of the most exuberant, uplifting, and finest tracks of 2008.

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