Passion Pit Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC August 5

Passion PitParc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC August 5
"We're all having problems," sings Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos on "Carried Away." Lately, the singer has contended with a well-documented spat of personal issues, and as a result, his lyrics have taken on a new level of gravitas, putting his band's performances under a microscope.

Nevertheless, the combo's buoyant big-stage set kept internal concerns mostly at bay as the crowd fittingly went from rain-soaked to sun-drenched, dancing all the while.

Leadoff "Take a Walk" set Angelakos in motion, his vocals wandering octaves. Similarly, the ascending "Moth's Wings" grew from its telltale jangly strands to a sonorous sing-along and the aforementioned "Carried Away" juxtaposed driving synths with a stickier-than-cotton-candy vocal hook.

Cuts from the excellent Gossamer fared well, though old faves "Little Secrets" and "Sleephyhead" pushed the gig over the top with wet punters writhing under ponchos.
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