The resulting songs fall into two categories—those illuminated, however obliquely, by a mirror ball's refracted light, and those with a more sinister glow. "On U"'s simple kick-and-snare pattern and purring low-end, assisted by plucked bass guitar and roller-rink organs, belong in the former camp. "Kappe Tre," with its lonesome keys and rat-a-tat rhythm, conveys a windswept vista. The loping "K16 Del 1" conjures up warmer climes via an insistent cuica and, in the distance, swirling tuned percussion, occasionally overshadowed by a thrumming spectral wail.
Square One can be shadowy. Take "Arthur"—with its rumbling kick, haunted-house organ and sweat-on-the-congas percussion, it's a cousin to Torske's "Fuglekongen." The doomy dub of "Steintongt" is a few shades darker than most anything that Torske or Thomas have produced to date.
Despite the album's rich atmospheres, the tracks seem more like sketches than fully realised tracks. A little less effects-led ebb and flow (and a touch more structure) might have made Square One more vibrant. The album's absorbing collection of mood pieces, though, are rewarding and evocative enough to make it worth your while.