Dasein's sound, visceral and dense, has a palpable sense of urgency. The sharp arpeggio that opens up "Nuclear Cloud" builds, via squalling guitars and distorted vocal chants, into a billowing sonic overload. But Kirk often circumvents dark music tropes—"Do It Right Now"'s melody, for example, is conspicuously chirpy. These breezy refrains, when placed in Kirk's music, contend with blasts of static, off-key synth stabs and heavily dubbed-out speech. Channeling the spirit of New York's no wave scene, "Invasion Pretext" could've come from Liquid Liquid had they invested in some synths.
Tracks like "Radioactive Water" and "New Lucifer/The Truth Is Bad" have accents of contemporary club music, but Dasein is strongest when it draws from older material. The jittery drums of "Lear Jet" resemble a Martin Hannett production, providing the perfect rig for Kirk’s beyond-the-grave vocal intonations and fuzz-spewing leads. Delivered with more control than the early experimental days of Cabaret Voltaire yet still brimming with vitality, the album is a fine reminder of Kirk's strengths.