Ten years after a medication paralyzed his vocal cords and forced some of his favorite songs out of rotation, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos can't wait to tour his debut album Manners and perform those songs again. It's not like any other festival. Instead, it's the latest teary-eyed blast-to-the-past featuring artists I didn't quite identify as throwbacks yet. When I saw the lineup, with all the musicians from my early adolescence packaged into a sun-soaked nostalgia-porn bonanza, it was something of a wake-up call. I'm only 20 but soon enough, I'll be out of touch. Passion Pit, the first name of the second-line of the poster, fits right in. Longevity is rare in a time where listeners, let alone musicians, struggle to keep up with ever-morphing trends.
The risks associated with being a commercialized artist and embarking on a typical album release, like endless promotion and touring, have nearly killed me. Earlier this year, Angelakos launched the Wishart Group , which will provide legal, educational, and health care services to artists. Angelakos has long been an advocate for mental health awareness.
Passion Pit. The collection of nine songs so far, entitled Tremendous Sea of Love , can be found at the Wishart Group. The Wishart Group project was started by Angelakos to support musicians by providing them with legal, educational and healthcare services, with a focus on mental health. His struggles with bipolar disorder have caused him to cancel tour dates in the past, and he recently released a statement regarding a show in , where he suffered a breakdown on stage. But it was perceived as the art. It was perceived as insane, as melodramatic, as a cry for help.
The band released their debut studio album Manners in A second studio album entitled Gossamer was released in , which debuted at No. Passion Pit self-released their fourth album, Tremendous Sea of Love , on March 28, to Michael Angelakos' Twitter followers; the album was released to the public on July 28, The band culled their name from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary, a glossary of Variety ' s frequently used slang , which was provided by the Hollywood insider publication to help not-so-savvy readers decipher its content.