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BORDERLANDS: PASSION PIT’S “CONSTANT CONVERSATIONS”

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Boston’s own Passion Pit finally release something fresh (and sexy) from their forthcoming summer LP Gossamer.

Passion Pit‘s brand of sugary synth-pop has always seemed to teeter the line between independent and mainstream fare. The singles are instantly catchy- charting on iTunes, garnering radioplay, and even finding their way onto the dance floor. But the Cambridge band has certainly earned their spot in the limelight, with an inspiring backstory that transcends the music itself.

While studying at Emerson College, lead singer Michael Angelakos gifted the band’s first set of songs to his then girlfriend at the time, allowing them to slowly spread throughout Boston campuses, prompting Columbia to sign the band and release their debut album Manners.

Fast-forward three years and Angelokos has suffered a heartbreak at the cost of his band’s rising popularity, churning out their next album Gossamer, due out July 24th, as an artistic response. The first two releases from their sophomore set, “Take A Walk” and “I’ll Be Alright,” are exactly what you’d expect from the electropoppers. The choruses are catchy and the beats are bouncy, but they never stray far from the band’s signature sound. Yesterday, however, the band released a third single from the project, an R&B-tinged soul balled titled “Constant Conversations.” It is a slow, gorgeous track with a fluttering melody topped by Angelokos’ syrupy falsetto. The lyrics touch upon the ups and downs of relationships and the comforts of alcohol, almost directly contradicting the swaying sunny landscape the music paints.

“Passion Pit” is a term used to describe old drive-in theaters where couples would go not necessarily for the movie, but mostly to get-busy in the back seats of their cars. “Constant Conversations” surely reflects that mentality. It’s emotional, it’s sexy, and it’s the most raw Passion Pit song to date. Is this the fourth track on our summer sex playlist? I can’t be sure, but damn does it feel good to hear something this fresh from our Boston boys.

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