According to the record's insert, the new series aims to celebrate "the reclusiveness of techno," and Kahilainen makes such intentions immediately clear on the A-side with a noir-ish sketch for piano and the eight minute-long title track. Emerging from (and fading into) what seems to be the sounds of a thunderstorm, "We Heard It Coming" reveals a sky full of twinkling frequencies for heads to get lost in, while things lurch forward with uneven 303 hiccups and a distinctively sinister combination of claps and hisses.
The B-side keeps to similar themes. "Rotko," with its insistently skittish percussion, is the record's most direct moment, but one still marked with anxiety by swollen minor-key chords that weave in and out of the mix. "The Less We Try" winds down the EP with captivating polyrhythmic interplay, and high-end beeps similar to those in the title track—although this time it all comes covered in cloudy, evocative synth tones. Overall, a diverse return to form for Kahilainen and a solid start for Grey Series.