The concept behind the opening track, "Sunrise 89," is easy to ascertain. An ecstatic diva wails wordlessly as McDonald's acid house patterns are placed against his signature glacial pads. The stunning breakdown features nostalgic chords that seem ripped from McDonald's memories of partying out in the fields. That he can evoke the era without leaning on basic synth stabs, breakbeats or ham-fisted 303 lines speaks to his 20-odd years spent around synthesizers.
"Sunrise 89" is followed by a suite of short, lush ambient tunes. "Beatha" (Gaelic for "water of life," or more commonly, "whisky") uses a technoid line to set the stage for soaring strings and a big bassline. "An Stuc," a church-like organ piece delicately swathed in reverb and subtle synth buzz, hits on that Scottish melancholy. Like "Bryte" and "Tocpe 28," it's majestic and deeply emotional music full of pulsing synths and cascading piano. The title track ends the EP with another acid memory. A funky 303 figure and low-slung house drums coast in on clouds of sad-but-hopeful chords, reflecting on the good times with some quiet moments.