CMC Sounds: Passion Pit’s Gossamer

Posted on 24. Jul, 2012 by in Music

Passion Pit’s third try in storytelling is a great effort, but I think the effort falls flat in some areas and sounds a little sleepy. Passion Pit is known for their electro-pop synths and falsetto rifts with catchy lyrics, and Gossamer offers more of the same sound. The introduction to the album Take a Walk is a strong indication of what to expect from the album. It’s the perfect warm-up for old and new listeners since it’s the perfect hybrid between their old and new sound.


Another strong single is On My Way. It hits the middle of the album with a catchy drumbeat (but not hardcore Florence-style drums) that encourage you to keep listening.

On the other hand Passion Pit’s current single Constant Conversations (which for some reason reminds me of Mayer Hawthorne), is a sharp turn in the album. It slows things down significantly and disturbs the overall flow. A more upbeat single, one that resonates with the rest of the hyperactive project could have easily replaced this single.

If anything Gossamer is a more developed approach to pop music; where some pop acts are coffee, I think Passion Pit’s sound is more like a double skinny latte. The instruments used are the ones heard in other hot, pop tracks – but the sophisticated arrangement makes them different. Passion Pit’s sound is distinct yet they find a way to include futuristic production techniques to create off-kilter sounds that match their quirky lyrics. In a world where dubstep is overwhelming and electronic dance music is becoming monotonous, Passion Pit manages to take an uncharacteristic look at the merging of synth and pop music. I give this album 6 out of 10.


Gossamer – Passion Pit dropped today and you can hear all the new songs here on NPR, Spotify or “live in the club” at the release party at Flashbacks Lounge 211 W. University Ave in Gainesville on July 27th at 10p.m.

UPDATE: We have TWO copies of this album to give away. Leave a comment about the album and we’ll pick winners at random and announce them on Monday July 30. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED 7/30/2012

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11 Responses to “CMC Sounds: Passion Pit’s Gossamer”

  1. Adele

    26. Jul, 2012

    I love Passion Pit and what a great idea to offer copies of their album from your blog! Thanks for the interesting article on such a great band. Passion Pit always puts me in a great mood!

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  2. Sarah

    26. Jul, 2012

    I Looovvvee Passion Pit. Their songs always make me smile. I love dancing in my car to them. I think its so cool you are giving their new album out. Thanks guys!
    Peace and Love
    Sarah Elizabeth

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  3. Shannon

    26. Jul, 2012

    Love Passion Pit they bring back some memories.

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  4. Kylie

    26. Jul, 2012

    Love Passion Pit!

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  5. Molly

    26. Jul, 2012

    I’ve been listening to Gossamer the past couple weeks on the NPR website, and I love it! Would be thrilled to own a copy! 🙂

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  6. Abe

    27. Jul, 2012

    Searching around to see who else had made the Constant Conversations/Mayer Hawthorne comparison. They did tour together, so a collaboration was not out of the realm of reality, but cannot find any writing credits for the album.

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  7. Amanda Davidowitz

    29. Jul, 2012

    I would love to have this album!

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  8. Melanie

    30. Jul, 2012

    Thanks for entering everyone. We pulled a winner this morning using and we’re happy to announce our winners:
    #2 – Sarah Elizabeth
    #5 – Molly

    Thanks and stay tuned we give away albums often.

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