Despite the fact that most people don’t listen to albums in their entirety, the recent drop by Los Angeles electronic group The Glitch Mob is one that can be taken as a complete set of songs or viewed separately as individual, unique, and distinct variations of the groups true message. Titled Love Death Immortality, Glitch Mob’s latest work is a quality-produced piece of art for the college-aged and younger demographic. Simply put, don’t listen to this song if you are the classical music buff looking for the next concerto.
The Glitch Mob is a collaboration of three artists-ediT, Boreta, and Ooah. Prior to 2010, it was a five-piece group and also included Kraddy and Kitt-D. This full-length album is from record label Glass Air Records, and it features 10 tracks.
The album opens with a ripcord in “Mind Of A Beast,” then moves into a mixture of intense bass and striking synthetic beats in “Skytoucher.” The next track then slows it down with “Our Demons,” a softer but high-tempo synth melody including a vocal contribution from rocker Aja Volkman of the band Nico Vega-Volkman also appears later in the album in “I Need My Memory Back.”
Other featured artists on the album include Metal Mother (“Becoming Harmonious”), Yaarrohs (“Fly By Night Only”), and Sister Crayon (“Beauty of the Unhidden”)-yes, these are real names of real artists.
It might come as a surprise to listeners thatLove Death Immortality is only the second album from The Glitch Mob, which has chopped up plenty of remixes and singles in between Love Death Immortality and its 2010 debut record Drink The Sea.
The album feels inspired by the group’s former work but is noticeably a departure from the mainstream’s generic soundscape. For listeners who are avid Electronic Dance Music (EDM) fans, it offers an array of new sounds, creating something of a foundation for EDM efforts to come.
The positive gains on Love Death Immortality can without a doubt help The Glitch Mob gain a broader fan-base. The possibility remains, however, that The Glitch Mob will lose listeners who were expecting strictly the same kind of music that Drink the Sea brought to the electronic scene. While Love Death Immortality rises above the soundscapes of popular EDM, it marks something of a mainstream conversion for the Los Angeles group.
For those returning fans, or even for new listeners looking to check out some creative-styled sounds closer to the boundaries of EDM, Love Death Immortality offers a new style that’s entering the charts with an unusual aesthetic.
Although The Glitch Mob is certainly talented, there’s nothing particularly extraordinary about the new album. Rather, Love Death Immortality is a sign of progression. Imagine a cross between Daft Punk and Skrillex. Only time will tell what the legacy of The Glitch Mob might be. For now, the group holds its ground with distinctive charm. The band is promising, but it is not a force to be reckoned with just yet.