Bandmates Killian Brom and Duh have created a sharp, polished gem that glitters in its own darkness, much like their past work. At the same time, Devotion is a slight departure for them, with a sound tinged by dance anthems from the 90s and 00s.
The debut track, "4ever," was released as (the first) single... and gave a hint at this danceable direction. However, as the album's opening track, "4ever" does more to set a tone than establish a pattern. While its bouncy, sharp synths recall the optimistic PLUR vibe of many a rave anthem, Cripe's voice croons through distortion: "Trapped in an emotional void / I can barely breathe." What is sustained throughout Devotion is a tension between sweet, seductive sounds and a darker message.