Passion Pit Shine At Night During The Governors Ball, Day One

Upon hearing their debut EP Chunk Of Change, it’s doubtful that anyone thought Passion Pit‘s off-kilter electro-pop would evolve into such a huge-sounding sonic onion. But they’ve developed a layered, big sound that soared outside at The Governors Ball on Saturday (Jun. 23) and filled all the festival’s real estate.

The set began with the 1-2-3 punch of “Moth’s Wings”, new song “Take A Walk” and “The Reeling.” All three were on-point and more shimmery than ever, and the band had the advantage of being the first of the day to play in the dark, thus enabling them to use the light show to full effect.

As good as “Take A Walk” sounded, the other recently released new song “I’ll Be Alright” was even better, specifically that syncopated beat, which serves as a tangibly jittery contrast to the Zenlike title. But whatever excitement these two cuts instilled in fans ahead of the release of Gossamer next month, the unveiling of “It’s Not My Fault I’m Happy” probably tempered some of the expectations. To put it bluntly: The song was sappy and boring. But maybe that was because it was only their second time playing it live.

The set waned a bit from there, but the home stretch brought it all back, with the rave-up “Folds In Your Hands”, automatic body-mover “Sleepyhead” and lone encore song “Little Secrets”. The only recurring issue was Michael Angelakos’ voice — a lot of times it disappeared in the mix, but on much of the high stuff (his “high” is everyone else’s “unattainably high”) he was thin and pitchy. But, a lot of people don’t like his voice to begin with, so those issues are arguably secondary to the overall songs. Anyway, we’re giving him some leeway since Passion Pit’s basically been in hiding for the past two years.

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  • Heather Ellis

    I’m not at all surprised Passion Pit killed it last night! They’re an amazing band! I still haven’t had the chance to see them live, but I hope I do soon. I’m glad to hear they played a few songs off their new album, Gossamer, which is coming out next month! You can hear some of the new tracks and get instant downloads of “I’ll Be Alright” and “Take A Walk” with a pre-order of the album on their website! Check it out! http://www.passionpitmusic.com

  • Amanda

    Can’t wait for the new Passion Pit album in July! Loving “Take a Walk” so much! Check out the website for more new music! http://gossamer.passionpitmusic.com/

  • Ben Lareau

    Pasion Pit is at work with playing many shows before their album release on July 24. Help them out and pre-order their album Gossamer. You’ll be glad you did. http://bit.ly/M0vrWl

  • Shelby

    im jealous of everyone who got to see that show. i would kill to see them perform “Take a Walk” live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg&feature=player_embedded

  • Amanda

    Loving all the new Passion Pit music. Really wish I could have seen the Governor’s Ball performance! Can’t wait to hear “Gossamer” on the 24th!