Opener "Perennials" layers graceful elements—drifting chords, pirouetting percussion—and lets them slowly roll in like a thick fog. Dub techno chords spread out over "Obsidian Falls" until the entire track is swallowed by delay effects, while "Fjord"'s epic melody unfurls in Matrix-style slow motion. Levenson's patient approach means that his tracks gradually swell to a climax instead of building in a traditional techno manner. They work just as well as sound-design pieces as they do club tracks.
"Elysea" is the strongest effort here. It falls into a bottomless breakdown—featuring what sounds like a sputtering railroad car—that goes on way too long for most DJs to consider playing it. When Levenson pulls the drums back in, it's like you've snapped out of a hypnotic state. Touches like that are what separate Levenson's atmospheric techno from the droves of producers peddling similar stuff. There are obvious antecedents for his style (particularly the Northern Electronics label), but he comes at a familiar sound from a new perspective and makes it sound totally fresh.