Sleep on the Floor’s letter describes the album as “intense math rock influenced by Shellac and Squarepusher” and the tracks do live up to these influences.
The musicianship on display is brilliant with tight driving bass and drum work and the tone of the album does throw in a few surprises with the muscular minimal sound of the first half progressing into more experimental undertones in the second with layers of sound design and electronic counter rhythms.
A minor issue for me is the patchy engineering work. The recordings are a tad dry in places and with a little more mixing and room sound the atmosphere could have really taken off, instead of sounding a little like demo quality. But there are certain tracks (“She has the fakest loudest laugh”) where this gripe actually benefits the songs so it turns out I’m 50/50 on the whole engineering issue.
Let it grow on you and this is great albeit brief work with strong and focused musical ideas. I say get these guys into Albini’s Electrical Audio studios and they’ll give us something even better. 7/10 -- Zac Keiller (3 February, 2010)