Release Date: Sep 16, 2008
Record label: Frenchkiss
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Passion Pit’s first EP, a flawed yet charming little electronica ditty, seems too personal and inside-joke laden to get a fair critical take. Chunk of Change was Michael Angelakos’ belated Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend, but it was made public by Frenchkiss, the dudes who brought us Les Savy Fav and the Hold Steady. Chunk of Change almost certainly works better as a mixtape for Angelakos’ sweetheart than for a larger audience, but there’s still plenty of intrigue and promise to be found mixed in among the more-than-occasional annoyance.Some see Chunk of Change closer/first single “Sleepyhead” as the standout, but that track doesn't do it for me.
Michael Angelakos recorded most of this six-song EP as a bedroom electro love letter to his girlfriend last year. After he played the falsetto- and synth-heavy tracks for friends, record labels became interested, and a five-piece band came together. The only song not on the original demo is the final track, Sleepyhead, which folks will recognize from that trippy CGI Sony PSP commercial where the console flies through different Canadian neighbourhoods.