Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
It’s always exciting when Alice Glass releases new music. The mysterious vocalist and musician is well known for her raw and tortured vocals in her Crystal Castles days, but her latest release, Without Love, changes track. We see her singing calmly, gently, with little to no production used on her voice, contrary to her previous work. The vocal style on Without Love is closer to the work of Purity Ring or Grimes, raspy and yet touched with a pure and bittersweet timbre.
Lyrically, the song represents a questioning of emotional integrity and relationships, inquiring in the opening lines “Am I worth it or am I worthless?”. It is a powerful song, especially in the chorus where Glass sings “Got to be without love”, repeating the phrase until it becomes mantra-esque.
Without Love trembles from the rapidity of its hi-hat use, and its deep, threatening synths that drop off into deep abysses of bass. It features production from Jupiter Keyes (Formerly of HEALTH), whose influence gives the song a mangled, fragile touch. It gives off the idea of something precarious, something poorly balanced, ready to fall, but in a completely innocent and charming way.
Without Love is a follow-up to her debut solo single, Stillbirth, released in 2015. You can listen to the new track below.
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