With track titles like "29 Acts of Love," "Lovers In The Bathroom," and "Love Songs," it's clear the Los Angeles-based trio Gliss concerns itself largely with matters of the heart. But the tales of love and lust on the band's latest album, Devotion Implosion, are complicated affairs, with suggestive lyrics delivered by frontman Marty Klingman's seductively edgy vocals.
Fitting for a band in love with a fuzzed-out sound, something sinister lurks below the seemingly romantic songs. On "Love Songs," for instance, the line, "I'll drag you down with me," is sung on repeat. Like a gorgeous former child star trapped in a downward spiral of drugs and rock n' roll, Devotion Implosion is a hazy, beautiful mess. The vocals are both weary and desperately authoritative, and the guitars, strung-out but assertive. It is this unlikely combination of impending disaster and artistry that makes the aptly named Devotion Implosion so appealing and intriguing.