Since the release of Gossamer in 2012, they have had a surge in popularity, with increased radio play and an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Tropes associated with this band include:
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Michael Angelakos. Actually, everyone in the band, for that matter.
- Genre-Busting: Their music is an upbeat fusion of Indie Rock, Pop, Electronica, Synthpop, and Psychedellic Rock.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: As part of the Masochism Tango, "Carried Away"'s music video contains several. Among them are waiting outside the door in the rain (invoked, since he's holding a sprinkler over his head) and hiring a skywriter to apologize.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Their melodies tend to be much cheerier than their lyrics or videos. Michael Angelakos has admitted in interviews that this is quite intentional.
- Loudness War: Gossamer is MUCH louder and has worse clipping than Manners. It is especially heard in "I'll Be Alright".
- Masochism Tango: "Carried Away"'s music video is about a couple going through this, constantly fighting and making up.
- Ninja Prop: In the video for "Carried Away," the couple grabs the subtitles and uses them to... smash other subtitles.
- Non-Appearing Title: "The Reeling", "To Kingdom Come", "Cry Like a Ghost", others.
- The Oner: "Take A Walk"'s music video is designed to invoke this. It follows the POV of a bouncing ball through a city. Obviously it isn't actually one shot, but several spliced together to make the same effect with no cuts.
- Post Coital Collapse: In the music video for "Carried Away," a couple keeps fighting, then making up with one another. One scene has the girlfriend angrily charge at the boyfriend only to cut to them slumping onto the bed, smiling at each other.
- Precision F-Strike: "Ten Feet Tall" drops a Mother F-Bomb, though it's hard to make out due to Michael;s voice being Autotuned into oblivion.
- Romantic Rain: Invoked in the music video for "Carried Away". The video showcases two lovers who are constantly fighting, but the man keeps redeeming himself by invoking many romance movie cliches. At one point, he stands at her door in what seems to be a downpour... except that the water is coming from a hose and it's perfectly clear out.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Michael. He hits some insanely high notes, but his speaking voice is actually pretty normal.
- The Something Song: "Seaweed Song".
- Title-Only Chorus: Take a walk, take a walk, take a walk...
- Unplugged Version: The extended edition of Manners provides "stripped down" versions of "Sleepyhead" and "Moth's Wings".
- Kindred also has a few unplugged/acoustic versions among its bonus tracks.