Few bands can make you feel so good about addressing life’s darker moments. After a 3 year lull, Passion Pit is now back with a new album, Gossamer. Passion Pit’s flashy brand of electro-pop has the ability to take a genre ordinarily reserved for lost Vegas nights and lend it an emotional IQ that resonates among indie darlings like Elliott Smith, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bright Eyes. Tackling immensely dark themes like financial ruin, regret, and pill-popping it is lead singer Michael Angelakos’ extremely high register that makes one believe that you can laugh at even some of life’s cruelest jokes. This ability, it seems, is a double-edged sword; Angelakos & Co. have cancelled their summers shows so that he he might deal with some demons of his own and work on improving his mental health. The album’s opening track Take a Walk strikes a chord personally – chronicling a family’s futile attempt to forge a better life – it is a desolate and angry song at its core; through their clever use of the juxtaposition of the harsh and the flippant, Passion Pit has the ability to shine a light even through dispair and envelop the song in a fortifying cocoon of optimism.