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Saturday, December 09, 2023

Song lyrics can often provide the listener with an insight into the nature of the artist writing them.

If you give Passion Pit’s, second album “Gossamer” a listen, you’ll barely scratch the surface into understanding the Boston-based electro-synth pop group’s lead vocalist Michael Angelakos.

The group hasn’t put out an album since their debut, “Manners,” from 2009. After the release of “Manners,” Angelakos spent five weeks in a mental health facility. It took more than a year of back and forth work, fatigue and stress to produce “Gossamer.”

To celebrate the sophomore release, the College Marketing Department with Sony Music, is putting on a listening party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Flashbacks Cafe and Lounge, located at 211 W. University Ave. on Friday.

Flashbacks Cafe owner, Steve Nichtberger, opened Flashbacks Recycled Fashions in 1986 and the cafe and lounge in 2012.

“I love supporting everything in the community,” he said. “For the event we will have a passion fruit drink special as well as other specials including 2 PBR’s for $3.”

Throughout the night Sony Music representative, Brittany Brave, will have the new album playing in the upstairs lounge of Flashbacks,.Remixes of famous Passion Pit tunes will fill the downstairs cafe.

“I will turn the album on upstairs around 10:30, and for the run time of the album attendees will have a chance to tweet at me or write on Facebook their views and reviews of the album,” Brave said. “I will select the top three and give out copies of the album to the winners.

Along with the albums, Brave will be giving out posters and stickers to fans. She will also have a computer available for those who wish to tweet or write on the Sony Music Group’s Facebook wall.

Although “Gossamer” was just released July 24, Angelakos is taking time off to work on his own mental health. The band canceled the remainder of their July tour. Passion Pit will retake the stage in Chicago on Aug. 2.

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