Faces Past is Kondo's first full-length, and while it doesn't sound much like anything he's released to date, the clues to his touch are there. The urgency of his sound is stripped away, revealing the shrewd sound design that's been underneath all along. You can and should take your time with it. "Juniper" sounds as if it's being flooded. Another standout, "Hacking Infinity," teems with so many tiny details that you can find yourself ignoring the beats to revel in the spaces between them.
"Linger" and "Armour To Paper" are the album's clubbiest tracks, though they're subtle compared to what we're used to from Kondo. Both deploy chilly, hypnotic 4/4 rhythms to hook you into the dance. Kondo saves the best for last. "Human Chord" is a modernised, electrified mutation of trip hop bristling with menace and gasping vocals. "Suicide Ocean" concludes in dreamy neo-classical ambience. On Faces Past, Kondo's experimentation makes for an album that's wild yet weirdly cohesive.