It succeeds in part because it knows exactly what it wants to be. This isn't a track for every moment or mood; it's a careful exercise in crisp percussion, minor-key piano chords and twinkling synthesizers, chilly as a display of Christmas lights glimpsed through a frosted taxi window...as you leave your lover for the last time. But no, really, it's hardly as indulgent as all that, and that's precisely why it's a triumph: It's emo but restrained, thanks to an immaculate arrangement that pits a fistful of tonal elements in pinwheeling countermotion, a quiet riot of rising, falling lines.
As for the rest of the EP, the three tracks are all quirkily worthy affairs that could surely find their place into one set or another—and, just as importantly, offer a window into Flügel's unique musical imagination. "Pattern 16" is a sour, squeaky, minimalist techno jam that sounds like a dainty take on Oni Ayhun; "Pianopiano" is a brooding, beatless miniature with a similar feel to Nicolas Jaar's downtempo sketches, but more fully realized. "Sunny Side Up" closes out the record with a steppy, bit-crushed house jam in the vein of Flügel's coolly nerve-wracked Soylent Green album, La Forza del Destino; beginning with a clipped, static-brushed groove, all dissonant chimes and nervous bass, it gives way to a Rhodes keyboard solo that blows the scale of the thing sky-high.