There is a sort of swaggering menace that characterizes many Circus Devils songs, and for its first half, “Nets at Every Angle” fits that profile perfectly. It’s built on a base of skittering keyboards and churning guitar chords, and Robert Pollard’s vocal is more boastful declaration than singing. As such, it feels indistinguishable from many other Circus Devils songs save for a short whistled line that serves as a chorus of sorts.
Then, two-thirds of the way in, all of that fades away, replaced by a quiet, heavily treated guitar line over which Pollard sings the song’s title, his vocal heavily reverbed, his singing given the effect of a round. It’s a cathartic release that makes the first part of the song resonate more effectively, and gives the song a unique identity.