The legend goes that frontman Michael Angelakos recorded the first Passion Pit songs on his laptop as a Valentine’s Day gift to his then-girlfriend. On “Cry Like a Ghost”, the Massachusetts indietronica quintet still haven’t given up on sex, romance and love-sick serenades neatly wrapped as danceable party anthems.
“Cry Like A Ghost” confidently grooves with crisp shuffle beats, muscular sub-bass, candied synth bits, spooky Moog leads and Angelakos’ trademark multi-tracked falsetto. The track’s video is a thought-provoking portrayal of passion and infidelity: a hoodied female protagonist is chased through a Blair Witch Project-style woods, before breaking into a dance, falling in and out of the arms of various lovers, and finally returning to the misty forest in a series of out-of-sequence smash cuts and micro-vignettes. Watch it above.
“Cry Like a Ghost” appears on Passion Pit’s Gossamer, out now via Columbia.