No World (Bonus Track Version)
Formed by brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, who are session musicians in their other lives, Inc. creates airtight worlds of unusual perfectionism. A track like "Lifetime" uses a twisted, halting rhythm to create a claustrophobic attack; it's further enhanced by loopy keyboard lines hidden in the mix until the end of the tune. "5 Days" throws together a soothing soulfulness that blends elements of '70s Philly soul with electronica: Pharrell Williams as Steely Dan, The Album Leaf mated with Prince. The textures are so carefully put together that every note seems to have a reason for living. By comparison, the vocals are often muted, nearly mumbled in their lower frequencies; this turns a track like "Trust (Hell Below)" into something far more cryptic than its loud, bright beats would suggest. "Your Tears" is a minute and a half of voices chasing oddly integrated sounds (there's a reggae groove in there somewhere!), while "Angel" has the makings of a power ballad and "Seventeen" is hypnotic and freaky right until the final feedback blast.