Still geeking out over Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos’ acoustic set in 2013

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By Leighton Ginn

It’s been three years ago, but 2013 was the year I got to experience Passion Pit twice in two very different performances.

The first was in between the Coachella weekends, when they performed in Downtown Palm Springs for a free concert. It was a big show with a big sound.

He returned a few weeks later for Memorial Day Weekend. Mix 1005, a local radio station, hosted one of its Acoustic Lounge events, this with lead singer Michael Angelakos.

It was a complete contrast to the first show. It was quiet, intimate and effective.

Songs like “Take A Walk” and “Carried Away” have big sounds, so I didn’t know how they would be in an acoustic setting.

Was I surprised.

These sounds are completely different, but really great. You really appreciate Angelakos’ songwriting and his ability to give an effective performance either way.

This was on the heals of Passion Pit’s hit CD “Gossamer,” a terrific CD. Angelakos and Passion Pit had a follow up to Gossamer last year, “Kindred,” which I also really liked.

My favorite song from “Kindred” is “Lifted Up,” and turned into a favorite for people celebrating their 30-year reunion or anniversaries, thanks to the chorus of “1985 Was A Good Year.”

It was the same thing with “Lifted Up,” a song with deep and complex sounds, but equally effective when stripped down.

It just gave me a greater appreciation for Angelakos’ talents.

 

 

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