For 'Ribbons' and 'Swimmer', that plot is to eek out enough of a tune to earn your interest but (of course) never drop the whole thing. On 'Ribbons' Hebden unwraps a gorgeous melody played on a triangle, throws in hi-hats, then finally a big indie synth line, which almost immediately drifts away. On 'Swimmer' what sounds like a physics lab oscillator keeps tensions high while drums and fragments of other songs shuttle in and out. It promises the most but, you've guessed it, is the one that stays furthest from giving you what you want.
The title track is one occasion when you do get a breakdown – for just 12 bars. Following eight minutes of something that sounds like a cross between an old Carl Craig record and a John Carpenter soundtrack, you get 32 seconds of heavy drum bliss.
All in all, this a great release that, despite its brevity, gets more rewarding with each listen. It’s a bit like sitting in on the Wolfgang Tillmans piece Lights (Body), which is a gallery installation of club lights with an accompanying techno track which keeps on building but never drops. After sitting through it for twenty minutes you find yourself smiling…through gritted teeth.