Not much has changed in patten's world, except the song structures have somehow become more obtuse. There's a new emphasis on Actress style bit-crushed sounds, like the paper-thin drum track that moves between the gauzy shimmer of "Towards Infinite Shores." "Aviary" is a cheery number loaded with chiming melodies and what could be guitars, while "Obsidian Alms" seems like it's trying to establish a techno pulse, but the revving hi-hats and snares buzz around the stereo spectrum like flies. Neither has any traditional hook or rhythmic foundation.
On the contrary, "oea/Catalogue" hints at the electronic funk of LuckyMe, with its big drums and catchy bassline, which prove there are hooks in patten's repertoire. Winding things down, "Sixth Seven" is a tranquil drift pockmarked by ticking snares. It's utterly abstract, yet there's a profound emotion at the heart of it that's central to patten's music. He's never been harder to understand than on EOLIAN INSTATE, but he has a way of wringing feelings from the strangest material.