This remix of Take A Walk captures, what I reckon is, the current American sound. Although this remix released some time ago from the Australian duo Peking Duk, it resonates clearly today with the signature sounds of the time. The formula: The indy-pop band (Passion Pit) creates a catchy track and the sexy DJ duo (Peking Duk) adds in a heavy drop and speeds up the tempo elevating the track’s energy to dance floor ready.
I hate to use the term “guilty pleasure” when I write about Passion Pit. But honestly, if someone had asked me to list the bands I frequent, I would probably not list them. The song Take A Walk has recently been playing on repeat on LA radio channels which is where I got the inspiration to write about them. Radio offering a silver lining in a morning commute which resembles the 9 Circles of Hell. As I read through articles and various write-ups on the band and the song, which appeared on their second album Gossamer, I was struck by the legs of this track. The song is about a business man with financial troubles and each verse captures a moment of various members of the lead singer’s family. I question why it is so surprising to hear that a song has a more personal meaning now in pop culture.
“I watch my little children
Play some boardgame in the kitchen
And I sit and pray they never feel my strife.
But then my partner called to say the pension funds were gone
He made some bad investments, now the accounts are overdrawn
I took a walk.”
Lyrics like that and you want to dance along to it. Passion Pit has since moved off my guilty pleasure list. I have the utmost respect for them after writing this. And can now sing-along proudly to them on the 405.