Sorry, friends, we’ll have to save our summer synth-pop hate for someone other than Passion Pit. For all its glossy, soul-searching schmaltz, the band’s full-length debut is a polished record full of consistently catchy hooks.
The keyboards on Little Secrets play out like toned-down Max Tundra blended with borderline-obnoxious school kids chanting “higher and higher and higher,” while The Reeling and Sleepyhead are comfy, carefree, danceable fun. And, thankfully, Michael Angelakos reels in his falsetto leaps, which could ruin the listening experience if not kept in check.
Whether listeners can get past the fact that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, four-piece sound like a band created to supply WB with tween background tracks is still to be decided.
Top track: Sleepyhead
Passion Pit play Lee’s Palace June 16.