UK techno meets Midori Takada.
Given the label, Wisdom Teeth, and the flashes of electro—"Kimono" and the title track—the unusual mood is notable. Instead of dread, there's whimsy. "Gyvenimo Tėkmė"'s bass notes yawn underneath the Lithuanian vocalist Dália's spoken word to almost comical effect. You can hear laughter and babbling amid "Vague À L'Âme"'s light aquarium funk. The EP's distinctive drum textures—dry, delicate, sharp—are another delight. The cymbals and tambourines on "Gyvenimo Tekme" are satisfyingly tart.
Some of "Ice Valley"'s shakers and glassy percussion deliver pleasantly unexpected chills, like someone slipping an ice cube down your back on a hot day. The track, with its forlorn, sub-zero shimmers, sounds like a piece originally written for organ in the Fortress Of Solitude. Vague À L'Âme's high standards take a dent on "Kimono," whose naive melody (not to mention the title) is too on-the-nose. But let it slide, because the rest of this is killer.