"All of those emotions -- the heartache and confusion of mental illness, as well as the comfort and security of someone that understands -- are present on Gossamer (Billboard.com)", Passion Pit's album that was released back in 2012. While a number of the songs reflect Angelakos' struggles, such as 'Where We Belong', the song 'I'll Be Alright' (see below) also sheds some light on Angelakos' experiences, as well the support he received from his fiancée and the internal struggle he faced knowing his condition was painful for her to witness.
For more about Passion Pit and Michael Angelakos, check out an interview with him here, where he opens up about his mental health, his experiences being manic and of being hospitalized, and in which he encourages more candid discussions about mental illness ...
"I started drinking about one and a half liters of expensive gin a day. It was a way to rein in the mania—but when you are manic, you don’t want it turned off and you don’t know that anything is wrong. It’s like asking someone that has never seen a mirror before to describe what they look like. They just don’t have any perspective. You’re in it. You’re there. That’s it."
"I don't think people talk about mental illness a lot, but they need to know it's OK to talk about how they are feeling. People are afraid of telling the truth because they think it's going to hurt everyone around them. I've kept so much inside that I've literally lost it. I wish more people would get help when they feel like they need it—not just to look to medicine, but to the support of others."