Perfect for a beautiful spring Monday morning in Boston, electro-pop heroes PASSION PIT today released their long-awaited new single, "Take A Walk." It's the first cut off new record Gossamer (the July 24 follow-up to 2009's Manners), and features the band's unmistakable hula-hooped synth-bounce while toning down Michael Angelakos' normally falsetto vocals.
With a sparking 25-second extended intro (not too dissimilar to "The Reeling") before it jumps off into an electro-pop ball-pit, "Take A Walk" feels like an old friend came over for a few drinks. Lyrically, Angelakos seems to be tackling more mature themes, as the song examines aspects of domesticated adult life: losing pension funds, overdrawing bank accounts, paying bills, watching children grow up, and cooking dinner "for the neighbors and their kids."
Last year, when asked about the new record, Angelakos told me that if Gossamer felt like a spring record, it would be released in the spring; it were a winter album, we'd see it in the winter, and so on. So if this first single is any indication, we're looking at a vibrant, sunny, optimistic, beach-soundtrack record and a fine return to form for a band that's been often imitated since they emerged out of Boston a few years ago.
On The Download teased the track last week with a live clip, but now we can finally hear the real deal via Soundcloud. Passion Pit hits the Bank of America Pavilion on June 22.