Posts Tagged ‘Passion Pit’

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Miike Snow – Good, but Derivative

April 30, 2012

I’m not trying to take the piss out of anyone who loves Miike Snow.  I went to their show last night and danced my face off.  Miike Snow are extremely talented and perform with excellence.  That said, I don’t love their music.  I like it, but don’t find anything exceptional about it.  I did, however, find a few songs quite noteworthy for their striking similarities to other songs.

1. Miike Snow – God Help This Divorce / Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York

Couldn’t you have at least done a different strumming pattern, MIIKE? Or maybe a different key?!

2. MS – Animal / Passion Pit – Every Passion Pit Song

Animal feels like less of a rip-off, but the first time I heard it I thought it had to be a new Passion Pit song.

3. MS – Silvia / U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

Miiiiiike, really? The same key again?  You can sing Sunday Bloody Sunday right over Silvia.

The biggest shame about all this is how the Miike Snow near-cover songs pale in comparison to the true originals. P.S. Sunday Bloody Sunday is the only U2 song I like.

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Passion Pit – Manners [2009]

August 30, 2009

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Album post #2. Manners of 2009 by Passion Pit.  This post is for what little is left of summer.  Passion Pit makes me feel young, carefree, and at times, sun-poisoned (you’ll understand after a few listens).  Lead singer Angelakos’ voice will grab many at first listen, but it has the potential to turn away those who are skeptical that a shrill pre-pubescent voice exiting a bearded face is capable of conveying anything other than pretentious blather, let alone genuine emotion.  (Can you tell I used to be a skeptic?) Though I’d rather not, I’m going to quote Pitchfork on this. “[T]hough Angelakos sings in a manner rarely heard outside of a shower with unpredictable temperature control, it feels symbolic of a band that’s completely unashamed, not shameless, in its pursuit of a human connection.”  They got it right; and this musical honesty is what separates Passion Pit from the likes of Mika.

Note the major takeaway, this album is loads of fun.  Snag it and enjoy the electro-pop synth riffs and new-disco beats with your friends as the summer winds down.   I’ve included videos for two of my favorites from the album, Sleepyhead (everyone’s favorite) and Folds in Your Hands.

source: hil