Thursday, March 26, 2015

Passion Pit's "Lifted Up (1985)" Video Debuts

The video for Passion Pit’s “Lifted Up (1985),” the first track from the highly-anticipated forthcoming album Kindred, debuts today. Watch the video, with concept by Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos and directed by Phil Andelman below.


Kindred is out April 21 on Columbia Records.

The band is fresh from a string of shows at SXSW, the worldwide live debut of Kindred. Of the shows, the Austin American Statesman’s Austin 360 says, “All hail Michael Angelakos, king of the electropop rock stars…the Massachusetts band’s still got some kind of lightning in a bleepy-bloopy bottle,” while The Philadelphia Inquirer praises, “musically effusive, and catchy as ever.”

In celebration of the release of Kindred the band will tour North America this spring, playing intimate venues in the U.S. and Canada. The band will make stops including Big Guava Music Festival, Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, two nights at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club and many more. Tickets are available now via

Listen to Kindred track “Where The Sky Hangs” via and pre-order the album with the two tracks as instant downloads here.

Critical praise for Passion Pit:

“Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos makes Technicolor electro-pop with monster hooks. But his songs are sturdy, versatile things…”—NPR Music

“Shiny, happy sounds define the music of Passion Pit…dizzying electronic stutters, wavery manipulated voices, chiming glockenspiels, stately pianos, female backup singers, twittering woodwinds and elegiac string sections. It’s larger and much cleaner than life—that is, until Mr. Angelakos’s lyrics sink in.”—The New York Times

“Michael Angelakos’ records don’t always sound human. The track-upon-track production mixes keyboards, guitars and orchestral instruments until it’s sometimes little more than a bundle of luminous accouterments. Yet below the ultra-modern glisten are little diaries of tough times and hard living, all of them graced with emotive, soul falsettos…”—Los Angeles Times

Kindred was written by Passion Pit creative force and frontman Michael Angelakos and recorded in New York City. The album was produced by Angelakos alongside longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, as well as Benny Blanco.

Angelakos’ songwriting process for Passion Pit has always been to filter and reshape. Many sounds on Kindred that one would assume are synths are actually Angelakos’ voice, manipulated by computers and pedals. Angelakos frequently repurposes sound: using Top 40 signifiers for outré ends, crushing weird natural and synthetic detritus together into pop (Brent Katz, liner notes, 2015).

Kindred follows Passion Pit’s 2012 hit Gossamer, which found the band selling out Madison Square Garden, appearing on “Saturday Night Live” and a special “Live on Letterman” performance, and playing at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Outside Lands and more.


March 27                                                     Phoenix, AZ           McDowell Mountain Music Festival

April 16                                                       London, UK                                         Electric Ballroom

April 17                                                          Paris, FR                                            La Maroquinerie

April 26                                                       Norfolk, VA                                                   The Norva

April 29                                                       Toronto, ON                                   Danforth Music Hall

May 1                                                      State College, PA                                   Movin On Festival

May 2                                                        Richmond, VA                                            Big Field Day

May 5                                                     Washington, D.C.                                                9:30 Club

May 6                                                     Washington, D.C.                                                9:30 Club

May 8                                                           Tampa, FL                             Big Guava Music Festival

May 10                                                        Camden, NJ                           Susquehanna Bank Center

May 11                                                       Brooklyn, NY                                             Kings Theatre

May 13                                                         Chicago, IL                                                   Thalia Hall

May 14                                                         Chicago, IL                                                   Thalia Hall

May 17                                                      San Diego, CA                            Observatory North Park

May 19                                                        Seattle, WA                                Showbox at the Market

May 20                                                        Seattle, WA                                Showbox at the Market

May 22                                                   Salt Lake City, UT             Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

May 22-24                                                   El Paso, TX                         Neon Desert Music Festival

May 26                                                        Denver, CO                                             Ogden Theatre

May 29                                                          Reno, NV                      Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

May 30                                                          Napa, CA                                        BottleRock Festival

July 19                                                        Portland, OR                                               Project Pabst

July 24-26                                              Oro-Medonte, ON                      WayHome Music Festival

Aug 15-16                                                     Tokyo, JP                                                SummerSonic


  1. Lifted Up (1985)

    2. Whole Life Story

    3. Where the Sky Hangs

    4. All I Want

    5. Five Foot Ten (I)

    6. Dancing on the Grave

    7. Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)

    8. Looks Like Rain

    9. My Brother Taught Me How To Swim

    10. Ten Feet Tall (II)