Despite the growing pandemic shutting down the country, COVID-19 can’t stop the tidal wave of new music coming out. Los Angeles-based trio, The Glitch Mob, now return with their newest EP, Chemicals, an inspired 3-track offering rife with sonically enriching analog lines and inspired vocal cuts. The bass trio were one of the earliest dance music acts to cancel their tour amid the coronavirus spread. The three were supposed to be on the road for the 10-year anniversary of their seminal 2010 debut album, Drink The Sea.
“We hope everyone is staying healthy and centered in this current situation,” says the consciously-attuned band in a press release. “With the release of this new EP, we have been thinking about how music is medicine and is more important than ever right now. We are going to continue creating and releasing music with the intention to connect us all and to bring some levity to your day.”
Serving as The Glitch Mob’s first solo EP since 2015’s Piece of the Indestructible, the new journey takes listeners on a nine-and-a-half-minute rollercoaster of sound. The lead track, “Chemicals,” kicks off with stabbing synths and rolling melodies, teetering between low and high-pitched melodious vocals. The consistent basslines accentuate a steady intensity, setting a precedent for the rest of the EP.
Their trademark sound can be heard throughout “Take Control,” which ups the ante, taking the tone of the release in a more bass-heavy percussive direction, with build-ups that effectively take control with thunderous resonance. Lastly, “The Stance” bookends the EP with unwavering, brooding drops built for the live arena, or heavy headphone listening.
As a thrilling add-on, the band is remastering the EP using Sony’s 360 Reality Audio Technology, allowing listeners to fully immerse themselves into The Glitch Mob’s sonic landscape and experience their music in a never-experienced-before way. The band will also be launching their entire catalog in 360 Reality Audio on May 25.
The EP is out now on the group’s own imprint, Glass Air Records. For vinyl lovers, there will be a LE 500 run of Chemicals which fans can pre-order here. The Glitch Mob has also unveiled brand-new music videos for each track. Listen and watch below.