Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “The Reeling” by Passion Pit from their 2009 album Manners on Frenchkiss Records.
It’s easy to see why Michael Angelakos and Boston’s Passion Pit have evolved into one of the most talked about bands of the year. Reportedly written as a romantic gift to his girlfriend, Angelakos songs quickly got into the hands of friends and fellow students and formed the Chunk of Change EP. Now a five-piece, Passion Pit has a fresher, bigger sound on their fancy debut studio album Manners. “The Reeling” is the first single from their new album and a perfect song to segue way from the old material to the new. Fans of bands like Friendly Fires and Cut Copy will love the danceable electropop with higher production values, and fans of Passion Pit’s early songs will find the same infectious hooks the drew them to Chunk of Change.
Passion Pit has played a spirited session in our very own studio at KEXP last year and recently performed at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival. Currently, they’re on tour in the UK, but you can find out when they’ll be back and read more about the band on their website and MySpace page. Seattleites, take note: the band is scheduled to play the Showbox at the Market on October 11th. Here a couple of songs, “Sleepyhead” and “Better Things,” from their session last year: