Another new band from the radio. Admittedly, I often download entire (though meagre) discographies of promising bands I discovered through Shazam, then find them indistinguishable. Fake New Wave all sounds the same! To be fair, though, it can take some time for a group only on its first or second record to really establish an interesting identity – and for many, by the time they do, the wave they rode in on has crested and nobody is listening anymore. In the case of Passion Pit, they are on a pretty classic career arc as far as I can tell. Having emerged from the musical breeding ground of Berklee in 2007, their debut album had some memorably eccentric moments, while their second was more firmly commercial and established their indietronica niche. (Indietronica; that’s a legit thing now!) They’re about to release a third LP this month, and I expect it to be more fully polished and ready to sell. I’m also hoping for a higher ratio of catchy singles to bland atmospherics.