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Passion Pit Detail New Album ‘Kindred,’ Share First Single ‘Lifted Up (1985)’

Michael Angelakos’ synthpop act returns with their first album since 2012’s ‘Gossamer’

Daniel Kreps Feb 17, 2015
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Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. Photo: Jason Nocito

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. Photo: Jason Nocito

Passion Pit have announced the details for the new album Kindred, the synthpop band’s first LP since 2012’s Gossamer. In addition to revealing that the 1o-track Kindred would arrive on April 21st and that pre-orders will kick off February 17th, the Michael Angelakos-fronted outfit also shared the album’s first single, the joyous “Lifted Up (1985).”

On the blistering dance track, Angelakos sings triumphantly on the chorus, “1985 was a good year / The sky broke apart then you appeared / Lifted off the ground / I took your hands and pulled down.” “Lifted Up (1985)” arrives almost two months after the singer posted a batch of new music on his personal SoundCloud, although none of those tracks appear to have landed on Kindred. However, a song titled “Five Foot Ten” that was scrawled on a dry-erase board that hinted at the band’s new album did make the final Kindred cut.

Last month, Angelakos, who suffers from bipolar disorder, appeared in a PSA describing his struggles with the disease and how being honest about his condition helped him confront it. “Once I started really just accepting my mental condition, it stung for a little bit and then everything improved,” Angelakos said in the short video, which was produced by actress Glenn Close’s nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind.

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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)”

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