The title track is the most accessible, most narrative of the tracks. "Beach Baby" is the most quintessentially Bon Iver track with Vernon's falsetto harmonies backed by a campfire acoustic and slide guitar. As the four-song EP progresses, it becomes increasingly atonal and dissonant: the layers become more abstract, while the notions Vernon presents gain focus. "Babys" has Vernon banging out a driving piano piece-a thaw, a spring rain-unsophisticated playing, but passionate and interesting. The closing track, "Woods," uses a vocoder (think Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek") to layer the simple lines, "I'm up in the woods, I'm down on my mind, I'm building a still to slow down the time."
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