All of a sudden, pop is the new “indie”. Bands like The Ting Tings are the latest thing in the alternative world, but their sound seems taken more from Eighties pop like Madonna than it does from anything off-center or truly “alternative”. After all, how much difference is there between the Tings’ “That’s Not My Name” and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”?

Enter Boston’s Passion Pit. Formed and led by Michael Angelakos, this band combines falsetto and synth wizardry better than any act since the heyday of Prince. After releasing the well-received EP “Chunk of Change” last year, the band’s debut album, “Manners”, arrives in stores this Tuesday, May 19th. Check out their first video, for the song “The Reeling”. Make sure these guys are on your radar, they’ll be blowing up pretty soon.

Check out their Myspace also.