All these grown-up sounding adjectives might give the impression that Things is overly mature, but while it's true that it seeks to work well within current envelopes rather than push them, there's enough individuality here to give the tracks flair and panache. "Styly" floats along with a phased pad hovering in the background, little blue vocal snippets and a shaker giving motion (all very alka-seltzer) but the snare, for example, is clattery as if the drummer forgot to take the wooden cover off. Coming down to Earth with a more defined and weighty drum track filled in with an aqueous suspension of chords, "Time to Start Again" changes the rhythm/synth balance, giving more prominence to the former this time. It's a choice which sacrifices subtlety, but in its place is usablility, this cut being the most likely here to suit the energy level of most clubs.
In contrast, "Button Down the Moose" is the most subdued, with a tasty soup of bass and sub bass bubbling beneath an effervescent limbo. Major chords shift into the minor and a tight, groovy rhythm is made by exactingly placed woodblock plinks. Moeller's remix shows his talent for making syncopated funk from folds of dubby textures. A bustling throng of human voices, perhaps recorded at a train station or another transport hub, chatters away underneath as drags, chops and pops permeate and upturn the sediment.