This comes through in the starry synths in the title track and the airy keys of "Eels." Though texturally different, they pick out minor scale notes with the same sensibility, which ties them together while suggesting a larger thematic arc. Kennedy is yanking the heartstrings, yet it feels pure rather than sentimental or cloying. For all its beauty, the title track's rhythmic core almost demands a beats re-edit. Kennedy twists the tone of his LP into a syncopated electro step, aided by some welcome flanger on the hi-hats. "Heal Me" also has beats, but it's subdued and sombre, as if he's trying to turn the afterparty into a tearful comedown.
"Eels" is his most accomplished ambient work to date, traversing dynamics, textures and spaces like a budding Editions Mego artist. Kennedy seems hell-bent on providing tunes for every part of your set. This 12-inch might not get rinsed as much as its predecessors, but it could linger in the memory longer.