Some styles on bleeds colors and puddles are more recognizable than others. The bright filaments of synth on "grayer shadows meld" recall artists like Dark0, but the textures are squishy and thick. Sharp Veins delights in pulling apart the sounds he generates and revealing the granular makeup beneath. The results can be ugly ("wave cut"), pretty ("empty") or both at once ("bye," which pairs a violent kick drum with a cutesy melody). On "learn boxing miami," the EP's most straightforward track, he uses what sounds like a cough as the main percussive device.
bleeds colors and puddles feels less of-the-moment than Inbox Island, but it's also less predictable than its predecessor. Only the sluggish opening track, "burnished purple," is anything less than captivating. It's a collection of experiments that pushes Sharp Veins further from conventional club music.