This newfound erotic quality is embedded deeply into the album. It's there in grand gestures like the prog-rock pomposity of opener "Self Importance." There's romance in the drums on "Boxers," which pitter-patter like the faint heartbeat you hear when you rest your head on someone else's chest. On "Amniotic," the synths glisten like beads of sweat on warm skin.
Weird Drift has the same faded Polaroid aesthetic of some of Planet Mu's recent signings (including Vezelay himself), though it's hard to say just what kind of retro Heterotic are. You can hear influences from the '70s, '80s and '90s, which pool into a dreamy collage of familiar motifs. "Rain," with its perfectly placed hi-hats, soaring vocals and booming drums, hints at "Take My Breath Away," while the powerful drum loops of "Lumber" recall classic Björk. Both of these, however, still sound too modern for straight pastiche, and they tug at nostalgia entirely on their own terms, without referencing any one thing in particular.
At times Weird Drift's afternoon daze softens into formlessness. Vezelay's coo doesn't help—he's a skilled singer, but not a terribly versatile one. If their first record was marred by its own sprawling outlook, this one suffers slightly from how similar its tracks sound. But that's a minor flaw when the music is this strong, and Weird Drift is a new high water mark for the woozy psychedelia Planet Mu has been pushing over the last few years. No longer the curious product of clashing personalities, Heterotic's second record finds Paradinas and Rix-Martin coming together beautifully.