This might be sci-fi music—”Flight Path” especially sounds like something out of a fictionalized dystopian world—but no matter how wrapped up in those futurist tropes it gets, it’s always bogged even further down by decidedly human regret and loneliness. This is melancholic music, and those rare peeks at humanity resonate through the cold metallic structures almost uncomfortably. It happens mid-way through the album with “Scissors,” a canny rework of Carly Simon’s “Why”—when the “not coming back” vocal filters through the chugging flanger it’s enough to make you do a double take. It’s an album made up of familiar elements, but what makes it so engrossing is how it twists them into something alien and unique:   

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