All your favorite first-wave Chicago tropes are in full effect: The warm caress of an analog bubblebath, those crunchy drums, those silvery synths, the flurries of handclaps, melodies whose roll and wobble bear that human-played soul. Title cut "Lucid Fingers" has a strong dose of punchy snare rushes and melodic trade-off between plinks and pads, and its follower "Deep Necking" is a close cousin.
While both A-siders are adroitly cut, the record's second half is arguably stronger, where Jason/Steve allows himself a bit more breathing room. A dark turn is taken on "Seeing Things," which true to its name invokes an android plagued by Casio-colored hallucinations, plonky 8-bit riffs fighting off spectral strings and some unholy circuit-skronk. And the standout "What Do You Think You Feel" encapsulates why the record is a success: It doesn't turn towards classic sounds in order to follow in their footsteps, but in order to feel the same pulse, the same dreamy tug on the heartstrings.