None of the melodies caught on at first listen. All of the songs were fine nominally, though. I got some budget Lana Del Rey vibes mixed with 2000s Radiohead.
I find that even with these ostensibly sprawling chamber pop albums, they lack a 'grandness' to them that they're simultaneously trying to portray -- I suppose you could call it biting off more than you can chew. This one doesn't seem like an exception.
"Summer" is my favourite so far. That song seems like it's more in a sophisti-pop vein than an art pop one, actually.
I recall trying to give this album a listen some time ago, but I turned it off early on because I wasn't interested enough. However, giving it a second chance, I suppose I got something out of it. The instrumentals reminded me of Tears For Fears in parts, but perhaps a bit foggier. My highlight was "What It Is" because it reminds me a little bit of this song.
The ambient sound going into the intense octave-up parts was quite cool, probably best suited for lying in your bed and blocking out everything except the sound. If you aren't fully immersed in it, I think the songs feel too long. I would not listen to it again but I am glad that I gave it a go as I would never have picked it up otherwise. I liked the strings in "Tonight"; they reminded me of the night I went to see an orchestra with my music class, which is a fond memory.
I found the album to be pretty effective and cool, but it did feel a bit overly one note at times. The main thing hampering the quality for me is that Lark as an opener majorly dragged, and occasionally I found her lower range to be a bit too "typical" sounding for the genre. On the plus side, her high range sounds really cool and the production approach was quite immersive. The title track is my main highlight (great haunting vocal hook on it) but I also enjoyed New Love Cassette and What It Is among others. Incidentally, I listened to this album while quite sick in bed and it very much fits that atmosphere lol, so I appreciated it on that level as well. Probably a 3/5 with room to grow to 3.5 or so over time.