Silver Siding is a change for Houle, too. On older tracks like "Hello Friend" and "Techno Vocals," he was playing the class clown; there's a happier medium between humour and craft here, with Houle giving more of the stage to his sinewy synth lines and arpeggios. When he lets the mood simmer, the results are strongest. Reminiscent of Sound Of Silver-era LCD Soundsystem, "Silver Siding"'s spindly melody is held up by enough harmony that it sounds simple without being threadbare.
Two remixes by The Golden Filter and Red Axes are more faithful to new wave. The former's version of "I Don't Want To Watch You Read" is a reciprocal response to Houle's first-person narrative, sung by Penelope Trappes. The original synth sequence enters a damp dub environment, which, thanks to Trappes' menacing vocal, feels deadly. Where Houle made sex seem like a knockabout, The Golden Filter render it as a last rite. Cutting the same track with guitar and acid distortion, Red Axes' remix is an enjoyable sideshow to the battle of the sexes that plays out elsewhere.