Passion Pit hasn’t changed their cool synth, auto-tuned pop sound on Kindred, but that doesn’t take away from its greatness. Lead singer and founder Michael Angelakos has an amazing falsetto (even though it’s often synthesized), and it might get old to some, but it will never stop being catchy and uplifting. From their debut album, Manners, to their second, Gossamer, and now Kindred, you can’t help but dance and sing along.
What has always separated Passion Pit from lesser imitators is their rawness. Tech effects deliver Passion Pit's '80s pop/disco aesthetics with their typical complexity. It is more than just glossy typical EDM; all the songs are perfectly crafted for commercial use, but not in a pre-conceived way. Kindred is Passion Pit's shortest, most concise album, drawing strenth and substance from Angelakos lyrics radianting love for his wife, his career, his family, and the trials and tribulations he has overcome.
Kindred's lead single and first track, “Lifted Up (1985)” is a catchy ode to his wife sticking by his side. Gorgeous melodies are found throughout: “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go),” “My Brother Taught Me How To Swim,” “All I Want,” and another emotional ode to his wife, “Whole Life Story.” Passion Pit are often imitated but never duplicated.