Emeralds are an immediate reference point, particularly on the meandering "7:30 (Pads)" and "8:13," whose fat, rippling chords and pearlescent melodies share some of their later works' towering restraint. A whisper-thin crackle and a high-pitched drone lend a hint of menace to all the liquid beauty.
The thick, undulating chords on "6:36" are countered by glimmering synth figures, but other tracks like "4:46" are less playful. One of the few pieces with beats—though they don't come in for a good minute, and are no more than a pulse—"4:46" recalls Returnal-era Oneohtrix Point Never with its fogged synths and shades of new age. While the closer and the "1:59" interlude are less fleshed out than the longer tracks, they don't feel superfluous. Missum isn't groundbreaking, but it contains moments of naked beauty that occasionally border on the sublime.