Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review: Passion Pit - Constant Conversations EP

Favourite Massachusetts electro-poppers and masters of the synth-verse are back with four track EP offering Constant Conversations. The collection opens with an alternate version of the titular track, featurig a far more lively and spirited take on Gossamer album version, filled with an almost Mr Blue Sky level of exuberance at times.

Next up is new track and B-side Ruin Your Day - a short-and-sweet, slow-paced number, dowsed in shimmering synth and built on a bedrock of peculiar percussion.

The EP's third track sees a reworking of another Gossamer classic, Carried Away, not by the band themselves this time, but instead featuring the electronic talents of American Moohmabah-guru Dillon Francis. It's a choppy and heavily manipulated affair, reeking of trance-club anthems and dubstep. An acquired taste, but nevertheless an interesting addition.

Carry On bookends the set with a delicate acoustic ditty, built around Michael Angelakos' graceful piano playing which builds toward a rather Fun-feeling chorus adorned with trademarked harmonies from the rest of the band. 

All in all, Constant Conversations is pleasingly diverse EP featuring some nice variations on much-love Passion Pit classics, side by side with previously unheard acoustic offerings. But for those looking for fresh toe-tappers from the synth-versed five piece, its not essential listening. You can stream the EP now on the band's website.

Choice tracks: Ruin Your Day, Constant Conversations (Alternate Version)

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