Review: Passion Pit - Tremendous Sea of Love

I’ll be the first to admit that I had never heard of Passion Pit before the release of their fourth album, Tremendous Sea of Love , and so it is a first introduction to me in terms of their catalogue. Passion Pit have a unique sound that is difficult for me to pin down.

I respect that Passion might not be for everyone, and will only appeal to certain musical tastes. Especially considering that the band's different styles, sounds and textures will appeal more to crowds not quite into so-called mainstream music. However, if you can appreciate things that innovate, the creativity it brings to music today, is wonderful.

Speaking out on the album, Lead Singer Michael Angelakos, has talked about how the material included on Tremendous Sea of Love, was, “quickly rendered, or written the night before it was uploaded, but mixed to the best of my ability.” He says, “the songs were not perfect, but they were honest. Honesty is important, because clearly we can, as humans, detect falsehoods and, yet today, we are discussing ‘alternative truths.’”

Each track brings about a different sound to the album. Varying between slower tempo songs, like: 'You Have the Right, The Other Side' and title track 'Tremendous Sea of Love', to the more upbeat songs, such as: 'I’m Perfect and Somewhere Up There'. It certainly takes listeners on a musical journey.

Recently, there has been a lot of commotion around Passion Pit's future. Lead singer, Angelakos, recently took to twitter, following the announcement of Justin Bieber cancelling the rest of his Purpose World Tour. Angelakos spoke about his mental health in the music, and the importance of taking time off for oneself, referring to the time he cancelled his shows, five years ago, shortly before being hospitalised and receiving electroconvulsive therapy. This rings very raw and current, especially following the suicide of Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington.

Angelakos recently launched The Wishart Group, an artist advocacy group, which addresses mental health issues in the artistic community. He has spoken about stepping away from the spotlight in order to devote more time to the project, and I think that this bold move is a much needed one. So often, we forget that musicians and entertainers are people, too. Just like us, they need to take care of themselves and make sure that they don’t over exert themselves, at the cost of their mental health. 

Take a visit to The Wishart Group's Youtube page, to show your support.

Seneo Mwamba