Passion Pit - The Reeling

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We first heard "Sleepyhead" in late 2008 when Passion Pit's debut EP, Chunk of Change was released viaFrench Kiss Records. Since then, "Sleepyhead" has been inescapable — it's posted on every blog, featured on Pitchfork, MTV, and a PSP commercial. Passion Pit's spirit is high and they are ready to release an album-proper.

"The Reeling" is the first tangible indicia of Passion Pit's debut album, Manners; and it is nearly 5 minutes of layered and distraught pop music that immediately sounds and feels familiar, by way of LCD Soundsystem, but it ultimately feels foreign and refreshing. "The Reeling" is erratic to the point that it makes "Sleepyhead" sound almost reverent. It's evident that Passion Pit are taking the plunge with their debut album — they are dead set on burrying "Sleepyhead" with an assemblage of terrific nu-pop songs.

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I wouldn't pass judgment this soon, but with "The Reeling" as my voter, I think Michael Angelakos and the boys can rise to the occasion and truly deliver one of 2009's best debuts best albums. Just for fun, here is "Sleepyhead" too. "Sleepyhead" was Passion Pit's breakthrough single and the song just about everyone has been listening to for months, waiting for new material. There is something incredibly special about "Sleepyhead." I don't know if it's the way they effortlessly and effectively sampled Mary O'Hara's "Oro Mo Bhaidin"; or just how different and exhilarating it was in the indie-electronic community: it was more than Chairlift, more than Friendly Fires, more than Matt & Kim, more than Ra Ra Riot. It seemed as if everyone found their new MGMT.

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Now that you've heard both, do you think that "The Reeling" (representing their new album, Manners) lives up to the mass hype "Sleepyhead" has laid on Passion Pit's lap?