The Glitch Mob is the group that first got me into electronic music in a big way. Before discovering them, I’d heard all the trance songs that everyone knows like Sandstorm and Kernkraft 400, but hadn’t explored the genre (or its million and a half subgenres) extensively. When I was introduced to The Glitch Mob, I finally found an electronic act I could listen to repeatedly without growing tired, as well as a perfect gateway to the world of electronic music.
Drink The Sea (2010)
As the title of one of the album’s best tracks (Drive It Like You Stole It) implies, The Glitch Mob makes music that’s nothing short of flawless for driving. If you’re looking for an album that twists and flows like a winding road through an entire landscape of sonic hills and valleys, look no further than Drink the Sea. No song on this album is shorter than 5 minutes; edIT, Ooah, and Boreta are keen to take their time with the music they’re creating, meticulously but effortlessly taking us through each track with purpose and precision. Every song feels fully developed, not hurriedly thrown together, as so many in this genre do. When describing them to one of my metalhead friends, I told him, “The Glitch Mob is to Electronica what Tool is to Metal.”
Highlights on this album include Animus Vox, Between Two Points, and the aforementioned Drive It Like You Stole It.
This is road-trip electronic music at its finest. Drink up.
Love, Death, Immortality (2014)
With their sophomore album, The Glitch Mob retained the finest elements of their craft while also reinventing themselves to a certain degree. Many of the songs here are notably shorter, mainly because they are more aggressive and hard-hitting, rather than rushed. These songs would feel too long if extended beyond the 5 or 6 minute mark, At times the album is a bit too “bro-step” for my taste, and a couple of the songs do feel a bit unoriginal. Skytoucher in particular begins with, “One, two, one two three, watch out!” Yeesh. If lyrics are going to be a rare feature of your songs, they should be better than that. However, the songs that are good are great, and more than make up for the album’s misfires.
Highlights include Skullclub, Can’t Kill Us, and Fly By Night Only.
If Drink The Sea is road-trip music, Love, Death, Immortality is race-day music.