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Prepare for a frisson.
You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, Love Death Immortality, create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor.
The group's sound has evolved, of course, and the glitchy part of their music isn't as prevalent as it was on 2010's Drink the Sea. Their sound has gotten bigger and more accessible. The new tracks sound more like the material party DJs use to bring their sets to an apex than songs for the back lounge at the club, the kind you can talk over as you enjoy them. That's not to say the old album isn't as good; it just brings a different vibe, one that feels like it's made for headphones rather than a wall of speakers.
Here are three tracks that stand out on Love Death Immortality, an album full of crowd pleasers that are sure to get the Orpheum crowd sweating, even if the weather is frigid on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The album's intro track has a lead-in that would work on a Sabaton record or an episode of The X-Files. The song amps up the aggressive energy quickly, though, and could be compared to a 'roided-up version of "We Have Explosive" by Future Sounds of London. It's one of those aforementioned party-DJ songs.
"We are the wild ones!" is proclaimed more than a few times throughout this song, which uses head-exploding, Davincii-style build-ups (as illustrated recently in a Saturday Night Live digital short) to maximum effectiveness while replacing Lil Jon with a menacing robotic voice accompanied by squeaky synths. This song's swagger could make a listener feel damn near invincible, much like walking around a quiet suburb after watching Fight Club.
With vocals from Sister Crayon member Terra Lopez, this track adopts a slow pace -- well, slow compared to what you would expect from an EDM group, not slow when compared to a José González track. In other words, the song’s closer to the "sit on a beach and relax with the track on your headphones" end of the EDM spectrum. (Think "Don't Stop" by ATB.) It's a fitting end to Love Death Immortality, and it would make a great closer at the concert.