This isn't the easiest album to get into on the first listen. It's absurdly dense with musical ideas, changes come out of nowhere, and the lyrics verge on impenetrable. However, it's just those qualities that will grow on you a couple listens in.
Spencer Krug is blessed with an extremely creative mind, and in this album he unleashes it full-throttle. While it's less accessible than his work with Wolf Parade, this disc may still manage to overshadow his more famous band's efforts.
Not everyone is going to love it, and a good predictor is your opinion of Ziggy-era Bowie. Not that there's anything glam rock here, but there are similarities in the two performers' voices and their love of that haunted carnival rock vibe.
Once he learns a bit more restraint, he'll be unstoppable.