Pairing Laufer's defeatist plink-plonk with How To Dress Well's inimitable falsetto, "Don't Say No" balances one of the latter's most wrenching songs with trap hi-hats and a smokescreen of synth and blown-out guitar. On the rest of the tracks, disembodied voices moan sweet nothings. Each provides a different pivot for a song, and Laufer gets more adventurous with the rhythms, like the spidery "Out of Hand," with its rich palette of drum sounds, or "Put It," which sprays a screaming synth line with machine gun hi-hats.
On "Later" his sound edges dangerously close to formula: a lengthy vocal clip is obscured and dragged over a template of skittering drums. The closer "Without" makes up for it with a different kind of retread—this one apes the bluesy guitar of "Seriously," an established standout of Shlohmo's, draping it in the sublime teenage angst that's slowly becoming his trademark.