Kindred is the long-awaited follow-up to Passion Pit’s acclaimed 2012 album Gossamer (QRO review) and leader Michael Angelakos’ third album overall. After a few listens, despite the rather creepy allure of the album’s cover, it would seem that Kindred – while not Angelakos’ strongest effort to date – does have the potential to be a solid entry in the band’s catalogue.
The album’s lead single was “Lifted Up (1985)” and carried with it the classic Passion Pit sound we are all used to, with some new additions such as high-pitched vocal shrieks. Other things like plentiful synthesizers and Angelakos’ high-end vocals remain mainstays in many of the songs on this album such as “My Brother Taught Me How To Swim” and “Ten Feet Tall (II)”.
Something listeners might find interesting is that famed film composer Hans Zimmer co-wrote the song “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)” with Angelakos. His influence can be felt throughout as the piece carries with it a more symphonic or film-based feel. It’s probably safe to assume that you will find this song on some movie soundtracks in the months and years to come.
As a standalone body of work, Kindred is a solid and entertaining album. However, if you are looking for something that exhibits much evolution in sound and style from previous Passion Pit albums, then you will probably end up disappointed in this release.