Are Passion Pit 2009's answer to MGMT?
Also signed to Columbia, the Massachusetts quintet have enjoyed lots of love from salivating music bloggers since their Chunk of Change EP (listen on Spotify) arrived in September through French Kiss. Debut album Manners drops on May 18th (UK) and a day later in America (In Sound pre-order).
Propelled by the awesome 'Sleepyhead', Chuck Of Change picked up praise for its strong tunes - despite some noticeable musical pilfering going on - 'Smile Upon Me' apes LCD Soundsystem's 'All My Friends' while 'Live To Tell The Tale' is eerily similar to much on The Postal Service's Give Up.
It's unclear whether the 'Pit have the crossover capability of Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (MGMT) or the technicolour charm of Empire of the Sun. They seem to have the preppy geek chic down to a tee, but real star quality sells records.
The band tour the UK alongside Dan Le Sac in May (poster below), before playing extensively across North America in June. Dates and teaser album track 'The Reeling' are now on MySpace, watch a studio sessions video from Fader TV below.