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I Die You Die reviews the new Agent Side Grinder!

May 1 2019

Opener “In From The Cold” establishes the album’s themes of Cold War uncertainty with vintage vocal samples, pulsing bass synths and dry percussion before the chorus cuts loose with layers of melodic pads and an excellent hook from Astrom. That sort of build and release has always been a major part of the ASG toolkit, and is a major component of nearly every composition on the LP; witness the recasting of euphoric dancefloor acid bass as paranoiac narrative on “Doppelganger”, or how “The Great Collapse” constructs body-music sounding basslines, downshifts into an understated chorus that makes their inevitable return to the verse that much more impactful.