By Séamus Smyth

5. Eyes like Candles

The secret weapon of Passion Pit is their marching drums that pick up pace like an approaching army. “Eyes like Candles” parades down the listener’s eardrum like a lost dog running towards its owner. It’s this dichotomy of structural fearfulness mixed with lyrical vulnerability that defines Passion Pit as one of music’s most exotic hybrids.

4. Sleepyhead

Bedhead has never been so sexy. Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos sounds as though he’s inhaled enough helium to give liftoff to a fleet of hot-air balloons and although it’s not for everyone, it works magic for many. It forces the planes of hip-hop, electronic, and indie music to meet in the skies and rather than smash into smithereens, they perform figure eights in the dreams of those can’t think of anything better to do than sleep the day away.

3. It’s not my Fault, I’m Happy

Being guilt-tripped for benevolence is an original ploy, but not enough of a reason to keep such a friend around. “What are we, who are they?” is a cheeky way of ignoring those individuals who decline to see the glass half-full. Passion Pit refuses to surrender the battle against the grumpy and the pessimistic, as they demonstrate that a virtue applicable to everyone remains “the key to life is happiness.”

2. Smile Upon Me

Rarely can a song tingle multiple senses to the degree that “Smile Upon Me” achieves. A sphere of euphoria is passed back and forth between the listener’s ears as Michael Angelakos paints the prettiest picture the Pit has conceived thus far. It’s not about sex, it’s not about chicks, it’s about a relationship that doesn’t receive half the recognition it deserves; friendship. It’s an ode to the greatest of friends, “bffs” if you will, that mean the world to us. There are wedding songs, breakup songs and finally there is a song to dedicate to the first person you call when your car breaks down.

 1. Take a Walk

Who would have thought Passion Pit would write one of the most reflective and candid songs about the harsh economic times that defined the USA of 2012? A band whose prior topics of choice were twinkly stars and exchanging phone numbers, Passion Pit loaded up on growth hormone and in turn deliver a shot of inspiration to the country that matters most to them.  “Take a Walk” could be interpreted as taking a stand against the corruption that has infiltrated the American Dream, but also a recommendation to millions of Yankees to take a walk around the block to avoid having one’s head explode from crippling debt and economic ruin.