Kindred (album)

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Kindred
Passion Pit - Kindred (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Passion Pit
Released April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)
Genre
Length 37:35
Label Columbia Records
Producer
Passion Pit chronology
Constant Conversations
(2013)Constant Conversations2013
Kindred
(2015)
Tremendous Sea of Love
(2017)Tremendous Sea of Love2017
Singles from Kindred
  1. "Lifted Up (1985)"
    Released: February 16, 2015[2]
  2. "Where the Sky Hangs"
    Released: February 17, 2015
  3. "Until We Can't (Let's Go)"
    Released: April 7, 2015

Kindred is the third studio album by American indietronica band Passion Pit, released on April 21, 2015 by Columbia Records.[3][4]

Background[edit]

On June 24, 2014, lead singer Michael Angelakos announced through Twitter that Passion Pit are working on their as yet to be titled third studio album.[5] Angelakos confirmed that the third album would in fact be released in 2015. In anticipation of the release, the band posted several coded images to various social networking platforms. Soon after the release of the Morse code image, the official Passion Pit website, which had been under construction since the end of the 2013 tour, came back up. It is now known as "KindredTheAlbum.com". The website includes a short 13 second clip titled "That flickering light's just a flame" and a picture of Angelakos jumping in the air.

On February 16, 2015, the band uploaded the lead single for the new album "Lifted Up (1985)" onto its YouTube channel. The band then followed up by releasing the names of the rest of the tracks and by announcing the album would be available for pre-order the following day (Tuesday February 17, 2015). The third track, titled "Where the Sky Hangs" was also released on Passion Pit's Vevo page in the early hours of February 17, 2015.[6][7]

On April 14, 2015, the album began streaming on iTunes Radio's First Play station as a preview for the album to be released.

Reception[edit]

Kindred has received generally positive reviews, obtaining a normalised score of 72 based on 22 reviews.[8]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[10]
Consequence of SoundB[1]
Exclaim!8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media6.8/10[12]
Slant Magazine1.5/5 stars[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lifted Up (1985)"4:23
2."Whole Life Story"
  • Angelakos
  • Levin
  • Zane
  • Blanco
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
3:18
3."Where the Sky Hangs"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
3:50
4."All I Want"
  • Angelakos
  • Levin
  • Zane
  • Blanco
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
3:26
5."Five Foot Ten (I)"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
4:34
6."Dancing on the Grave"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
3:28
7."Until We Can't (Let's Go)"
  • Zane
  • Blanco
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
4:05
8."Looks Like Rain"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
3:55
9."My Brother Taught Me How to Swim"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
4:12
10."Ten Feet Tall (II)"Angelakos
  • Zane
  • Angelakos
  • Aldi
2:24
Total length:37:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 81
US Billboard 200[16] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Consequence of Sound Review
  2. ^ Geslani, Michelle (February 16, 2015). "Passion Pit premieres new single "Lifted Up (1985)" — listen". ConsequenceOfSound. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Gordon, Jeremy. "Passion Pit Detail New Album Kindred, Share "Lifted Up (1985)"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel. "Passion Pit Detail New Album 'Kindred,' Share First Single 'Lifted Up (1985)'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140819201632/https://twitter.com/passionpit/status/481533640082325504
  6. ^ Goble, Corban. "Passion Pit Announce New Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Muller, Marissa. "All Passion Pit Release Two New Songs, 'Lifted Up (1985)' & 'Where the Sky Hangs'". Radio.com. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Metacritic score
  9. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Kindred – Passion Pit". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Chicago Tribune Review
  11. ^ Slingerland, Calum (January 9, 2015). "Passion Pit – Kindred". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Cox, Jamieson (April 22, 2015). "Passion Pit: Kindred — Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Slant review". 
  14. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Passion Pit – Kindred". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "Passion Pit | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  16. ^ "Passion Pit Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2015.