Pyroclastics continues & builds upon their signature sound that 1st emerged in the early 80's. It is the final Birdsongs album to feature original guitarist Martin Swope.
"The album not only lives up to its title (look it up), but also rivals the band’s astonishing first album, Magnetic Flip, for sheer musical pleasure. Partly responsible is a newly unleashed feel for gritty textures and pressing melodies that gives the tunes resilience without shoving them in your face?Of course, that would be just art moves without the Birdsongs’ sense of play in the calmly twisted musical ideas (tuneful shortwave noise, clinky percussion, unique instrument combinations), and the covers (the Simpsons’ theme and tunes from the two Brian’s, Wilson and Eno). ?It doesn’t just take superior musicians to pull off this music, but musicians working as a real ensemble. The Birdsongs manage the mood and tempo shifts in the music while creating a clear, open sound that’s all the more attractive for its modesty."
–Lang Thompson, Option, #44