Passion Pit – “It’s Not My Fault (Hands Remix)”

Both the world-beating, Coachella-resplendent Passion Pit and the world-entering, ascendant Hands have a had busy time in Southern California these past few weeks. I can attest, having caught both bands in the space of five days: Hands in LA during their Echoplex residency; and Passion Pit in Palm Springs in a casino parking lot with thousands of high schoolers and seniors, like every single day. Both impressed, and the basic elements of Hands’s set in their backyard — earnest pathos delivered with a big voice, set to dancefloor rhythms — were the ones ricocheting around Passion Pit’s Palm Springs lot. (This was also my first time seeing Passion Pit since Scott and I caught them at the first show of their own residency, at Pianos in 2008, and despite it being a quick free show, I was floored by, if a bit proud of, how far they’d come on every level.) So this remix links Hands, who are about to release their full-length Kill Rock Stars debut Synesthesia (featuring the great single “Trouble“), with an act that represents, in broad strokes, the best-case scenario for their own career. “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy” from Passion Pit’s Gossamer is a heavy track in theme set to some twinkling production that earns the album its name, and in Hands’ hands, the five-minute cut gets an additional minute, a different sort of production gleam, and a lot more house. Download:

Passion Pit – “It’s Not My Fault (Hands Remix)”

The original:

The source track comes from Passion Pit’s Gossamer, out via Columbia. Hands’ Synesthesia is out 4/30 via Kill Rock Stars. They’re on tour, too, kicking off tonight with the last stand in their hometown residency at the Echo:

04/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/19 – San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar
05/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Sail Inn
05/21 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
05/23 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/24 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr
05/25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
05/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05/29 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
05/30 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
06/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/03 – New York, NY @ Pianos
06/04 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
06/05 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
06/06 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
06/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119 Penn Avenue
06/08 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06/09 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
06/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ The 7th Street Entry
06/12 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
06/14 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
06/15 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
06/17 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
06/19 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
06/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
06/22 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

[Photo by David Morrison]