Passion Pit – “Sleepyhead” (Stripped Version) – Song Discussion

Passion Pit was one of those bands that did a mish mash of indie, electronic and pop and actually made it something worthwhile. But one of my favorite tracks of theirs is actually one that’s missing all of those characteristics. Their song “Sleepyhead” from their debut album, Manners, released in 2009 is sugar coated in enough synthesizer and pitched vocals that it’s enough to induce a migraine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic track that I recognize is a fan favorite, but at times it can become a bit jarring. However, on the deluxe version of Manners, we are presented with a ‘stripped down’ version of the song where we see the band trading in a synth keyboard for a classic piano keyboard. And it’s truly a magical experience. This essentially acoustic version of the song coincides perfectly with the title, built of a soft and almost wispy piano that is the perfect companion to a warm blanket, a cup of tea and a comfy bed (or couch, or chair, or any other place you happen to fall asleep in). Although I don’t find many stripped versions much better than the original, this case is quite the opposite. This version is everything the original should have been and more.


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