Passion Pit - Chunk Of Change EP

The desperate sounding vocals and the best example of the lyrics make 'Sleepyhead' the diamond in the not-so-rough of an interesting EP.

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Released 17 Feb 2009 | | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 3-5
Passion Pit - Chunk Of Change EP

In a heavily saturated electro-indie-pop-what-is-it-really marketplace it's becoming increasingly difficult to make a track, let alone an EP or LP, stand out from the rest of the bunch. In 'Chunk Of Change', Passion Pit - Michael Angelakos' brainchild - has achieved enough to be noticed, not least on the BBC's Sound Of 2009 shortlist. It's not perfect, but it's pretty enjoyable 6Music fare.

The opener 'I've Got Your Number' is a seeming ode to the emotionally charged falsetto of TV On The Radio. Though weaker, it does the job once the vocals begin to reveal their true purpose, slowly building into strained crescendos. Similarly, the summer's afternoon of 'Cuddle Fuddle' has enough familiarity to ease the ear and a hint of originality that, though at times misplaced, counts for much in this era. The other daytime party track, 'Better Things', exemplifies the inconsistency of the whole package, falling down where 'Cuddle Fuddle' stood, applying an amalgamation of too nicey sounds to really be taken seriously.

Closer and single 'Sleepyhead' is perhaps the best example of what The Avalanches tickled taste buds with upon releasing 'Since I Left You', crammed with pitched Coco Rosie-esque vox samples and smooth rhythms. The desperate sounding vocals and the best example of the lyrics (supposedly written for Angelakos' girlfriend as a belated Valentine's gift) make this the diamond in the not-so-rough of an interesting EP.