Despite its haughty title, Perception Of Objective Reality gets right down to funky business with "Low Connection," a robust but whimsical track with a bouncy bassline. The rhythms become even more buoyant on "15 Ways To Make A Track." It feels like every tune is on a mission to out-swing the last, culminating in the woozy "Monday To Sunday," which has a tumbling synth lead that sounds like it's constantly tripping over the track. Most of Pietra's tunes are built on motifs that repeat for five or six minutes, but they hardly feel loopy. The incredible drum programming on "Bubble Motion" seems to shift every few bars, trading its rigidness for spontaneity.
Full of bleepy computer noises and playful synth melodies, Pietra's music can be as endearing as it is distracting. On most of Perception Of Objective Reality, the mix of jazzy syncopation and cheerful synths is enjoyable, but on the hip-hop-indebted "Tape Rewind," the incessant vinyl scratching turns from good-natured homage into groan-worthy gimmick. But it's the mark of a producer who isn't afraid to go out on a limb, to write tunes that are personal as well as functional. That's what makes the EP such a welcome debut, as well as another hit in Melliflow's hot streak.