As a fan of labels like Trelik, Dieli says he wanted to "take that kind of minimalist approach to writing, and frame it in a distinctly Midwestern and American view." Indeed, "3 Hours In The Meat Sink" has a sharp and stripped-back step to it, but its body is flush with throbbing, soulful heat. In part, this comes from the track's big vocal: a Patti Smith sample about being present, where at one point she says, "If each generation would realize the time to be great is right now, when they're alive." After many listens, that line suddenly spoke to me after the events of November 8th.
The flip side takes it easier, ending with some casual hope. "Effort Won't Betray You" is still a high-tempo pumper but softened just a bit, its wheeling percussion and searing hats taking on an almost silky feel. On the vocal skit "We've Still Got A Chance," we get a humorous soundbite of what sounds like The Black Madonna, advising listeners to stick it out as an artist. Whether or not one of the chuckling respondents is Dieli, he's arrived here with addictively driving music.