I've Been Listening to Passion Pit, Emiliana Torrini, & Imogen Heap

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I've Been Listening to Passion Pit, Emiliana Torrini, & Imogen Heap

  • I've Been Listening to Passion Pit, Emiliana Torrini, & Imogen Heap

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    Passion Pit; Manners: I imagine that recording the screams of Alvin and the Chipmunks as they were being stabbed to death would result in something similar sounding to Passion Pit's breakthrough hit "Sleepyhead." I just can't grow to love it, or hell, even like it. But I sure do love the rest of their debut album. Boston's indie electro-pop band deliver winsome ditties with saccharine sweet lyrics a la the Postal Service. They've gained some serious momentum in the last year or so, and already have a diehard fan base. In fact, their gig at the Showbox this Sunday sold out last week. Scalpers, rejoice!

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    Emiliana Torrini; Me and Armini: The Icelandic alt-pop singer's fifth album is her best to date. But it's a far cry from her endearing debut Love in the Time of Science or any of its follow-ups. Torrini trades in the lush instrumentation for minimal plucking of guitar strings and muted percussion on Me and Armini. Yet the songs have more pizzazz. The comparison that repeatedly sprung to my mind was Nancy Sinatra. When Torrini sassily struts her way through the upbeat anthem "Jungle Drum," she sounds just like the '60s starlet did on "These Boots Are Made for Walkin.'" Fantastic.

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    Imogen Heap; Ellipse: My love affair with Heap began when I heard the gem "Mindcircus" that she penned for trance duo Way Out West back in 2001. She's an extraordinary songwriter, as evidenced by the material she's churned out for both herself and others. Heap's new album Ellipse exudes her seemingly effortless elegance, filled with pensive lyrics, soft layers of vocals, and impish digital effects. There's nothing on it as spectacular as "Hide and Seek," but that doesn't mean Ellipse isn't lovely. You can listen to its entirety on her website, where it's available for live streaming.
     
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