American electro-pop group Passion Pit is really a one-man show, highlighting the genius and madness of singer and songwriter Micheal Angelakos. Gossamer is his second album, and it could be his Pet Sounds. Initially sounding like a candy-sweet wall of noise, the gritty lyrics tell a different story. Dedicated to the girlfriend who has literally saved his life, Angelakos’ album covers the gloomy themes of suicide, the meaning of life, love as cannibalism, isolation and mental illness with gentle playfulness and eerie beauty.
Fall To Grace
High-achiever Paloma Faith harks back to former idols of the silver screen and rulers of the music charts Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Nancy Sinatra, who also combined acting and singing careers with pert good looks and rambunctious personalities. Like these icons before her, Faith has the potential to become bigger than music… if only someone would write her some good material.
Lucy Hunter, Tim Player and Fergus Taylor may sound like Enid Blyton characters but they are in fact members of the Dunedin-based band Opposite Sex that’s making waves on indie music blogs in the UK. Sounding like The Dresden Dolls, Princess Chelsea and Man Man broadcasting from an underwater space station, or like a friendly fungus growing on the floor of The Wine Cellar that’s spontaneously shown signs of life, their debut album was recorded over two afternoons by Fishrider Records founder Ian Henderson.