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“If our last album was introverted, then the new one is definitely extroverted”

Justin Boreta explains of one of 2014’s most anticipated electronic-music albums: The Glitch Mob’s Love Death Immortality, to be released February 11th on their own Glass Air Records. Boreta represents one-third of The Glitch Mob’s core members, alongside Ed Ma (aka edIT) and Joshua Mayer (aka Ooah).

Boreta’s statement is slightly ironic, considering the thousands upon thousands of fans who connected with the group’s 2010 debut  full-length album Drink The Sea –  with record sales of 80,000 and counting, their last LP could hardly be associated with a word that indicates insularity. Drink… spent numerous weeks atop the iTunes Electronic chart – and still remains in its top 10, nearly three years later, a feat nearly unheard of for any band in any given genre. In Love Death Immortality, The Glitch Mob have created the ideal follow-up to Drink The Sea that is “extroverted”  and progressive in every sense of the word.

The signature instrumental motif of Love Death Immortality ultimately proves to be what Ma calls the “glory lead”: bold, screaming synth lines that generate infectious hooks straightaway. Despite its fresh approach, Love Death Immortality remains pure Glitch Mob in its essence, made clear from the album’s first single, “Can’t Kill Us” – which combines loping, 75 bpm breakbeat crunch and a speaker-shredding bass throb with rock swagger – hear the new single and watch the accompanying video below! Mayer says. “Of all the new songs, “Can’t Kill Us” is the perfect bridge from our past to now.” Other signature touches include the use of live instruments – from the distorted guitar feedback that launches the album’s epic opening statement “Mind of a Beast” to the floating Rhodes keys percolating the soaring, cinematic “Skytoucher.” The Glitch Mob embrace new rhythms and tempos on tracks like “Skullclub” with its pulsing sidechained synths and vocoders and “Carry The Sun,” that experiments with 4/4 cadences; meanwhile, “I Need My Memory Back” and “Fly By Night Only” incorporate fully mirror-balled disco funk.

The album’s featured vocal collaborators, all of whom are female, was a decidedly purposeful choice for The Glitch Mob. “Becoming Harmonious,” flaunts the eerie tones of Bay Area avant-darkwave chanteuse Metal Mother and abum closer “Beauty of the Unhidden Heart,” meanwhile, highlights the dreamy, ethereal voices of Pitchfork favorites Sister Crayon. The most significant collaboration comes from Aja Volkman of L.A./Vegas rockers Nico Vega, who appears on both the alluring dancefloor filler “I Need My Memory Back” and the driving uptempo anthem “Our Demons” (for which she recorded initial vocals on the tour bus while Nico Vega was on the road opening for her husband Dan Reynolds’ band, Imagine Dragons).

In an era of disposable dance-music singles, Love Death Immortality, like Drink The Sea, was refreshingly created with the intent to flow as an album – one designed to be listened to from start to finish, taking the listener on an aural voyage in the process.

THE GLITCH MOB UPCOMING U.S. TOUR DATES: 

 

3/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre

3/12 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues

3/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

3/15 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore

3/17 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

3/18 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Hall

3/19 – Memphis, TN @Minglewood

3/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

3/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku Festival

3/24 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

3/25 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

 

Photo Credit: Neil Krug