Challenging experimental club tracks full of left turns.
Four Selves features two shorter tracks bookended by two twisting tunes that each run for almost ten minutes. One of the longer tunes is "Last Self," a swampy track with beautiful melodies lurking behind the smokescreen. The shorter songs hint at IDM. The lopsided beat and counterrhythms of "Second Self" call back to Anxiety, while the distorted and haphazard drums of "Fourth Self" play hopscotch with the quantized grid. Though the herky-jerk can occasionally sound amateurish, the occasional wrongness of Kagami Smile's techno helps make it exciting. Same goes for the closer, "Third Self," where the first five minutes are a chaotic mess of crumpling metal. It suddenly reorients itself into a four-on-the-floor pattern, bulldozing through the psychedelic landscape. It's the most head-turning moment on any Kagami Smile record yet.