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“Sleepyhead” – Passion Pit

I’m going on 8 years of living in Boston, and it’s hard not to be proud when so much good music has come from here.

Passion Pit, today’s artist, is just one example.

Passion Pit, formed in 2007, hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and consists of Michael Angelakos, Ian Hultquist, Xander Singh, Jeff Apruzzese, and Nate Donmoyer.

From Wikipedia, “The first Passion Pit songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written by Angelakos as a belated Valentine’s Day gift to his then-girlfriend. At first, he wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. After one of his solo shows in the Boston area, Ian Hultquist, who was attending Berklee at the time, approached Angelakos and expressed interest in creating and playing music collaboratively. They formed a group that consisted of Angelakos, Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). The band spent a considerable amount of time trying to flesh out a collaborative format and structure that would work best for them. Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer joined the band shortly after they signed to Frenchkiss in 2008, replacing Plasse and Lavinsky, respectively.”

It sounds like a fairy tale—guy writes songs for his girlfriend and as it turns out they are damn good. But it’s not.

Sleepyhead, released in 2008, is the debut single of the bands Chunk of Change EP. In addition to the smooth, electropoppy, loopy sounds created by the five man band the song samples Óró Mo Bháidín” by Mary O’Hara and “San Francisco Scene” by Jack Kerouac.


Lyrics here.

More about Passion Pit here.

Sleepyhead - Manners (Bonus Track Version)