Double Grave - 'Ego Death Forever' [CS]

Double Grave - 'Ego Death Forever' [CS]


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Before they were Double Grave, the Minneapolis trio of Jeremy Warden, Bree Meyer, and Seth Tracy played for three years under the moniker Ego Death. In collaboration with the great Forged Artifacts, the band has compiled a reissue of that early work. Comprised of their first single as a band (“The Kiss” premiering here today), and their final EP from the Ego Death era, the tape, Ego Death Forever, is a delightful review of an early era of a band that has matured and grown over the past 6 years into a formidable act. In that time they’ve eschewed some of their sun-drenched pop-ness like that on “The Kiss” for their heavier, -gazier sound of contemporary releases.

“The Kiss” is a standout song, sounding maybe something like a distinctly Ego Death/Double Grave attempt at a Bombay Bicycle Club track, with a dominant, buoyant riff that comfortably sits above incredibly steady work from Meyer’s bass and Tracy’s drumming. It is blissfully romantic without being the least bit trite — the goal of so much songwriting — and frenetic without being rushed. Warden exalts: “I met you in north Wisconsin/ you were hauling plants out of a van/ I knew I didn’t stand a chance” a humanly relatable sentiment in every way, except perhaps geographically.” - Post-Trash

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