“Weightless” begins with a quivering pulse through the speakers that berths a light, metronome-like popping of a programmed loop that carries through the tune, the song stripped down only to this before Casey Call fills the void with a soul-bearing cry of “I feel weightless, drift around the sea,” on the chorus as the bass throbs into the foreground before Joe Gamble adds incremental elevation with each three note guitar cycle.
On the next track, with the drums inflating the synth-layered atmosphere, Gamble’s guitar work powerfully builds and builds, this time to thoroughly dominate while countering the expanse built by everyone else. But a balance is always there—as on other tracks, Gamble brilliantly shreds without going too far, his guitar simultaneously cutting through and propping up the overall composition.
“We Want Blood” brings a smooth rhythmic lull buoyed by vocals that creep up on you with the emotional reserve of an incoming tide before carrying you off. Casey’s deft subtlety here is backed by Joe Call’s processional march on percussion. Shön Troth punctuates the song with soft, distended notes from the lap steel guitar that act as calls for ponderous reflection. But the song is marked by a fatalistic resignation to a doomed, torturous love: “too cold down here to keep you warm….feel my life, feel my life decaying…I must decay for you some more,” Casey says. Given the titular refrain, the march that Joe Call provides is a fitting emblem for the unalterable course of the song’s central character.
Just as David LeDuc complements the eerie lap steel on “Weightless” and “We Want Blood” with well integrated effects, he puts a synth warble through “Stranger Danger” that recalls some of the Massive Attack like bass lines he compliments Gamble’s guitar with on other tracks. And to close their set, that synth warble is elevated to dominate the space, with Casey Call and Gamble manically helping Joe Call layer on percussion, which, when left by itself, explodes like bygone maritime artillery before that pulse, warble rushes back in.