The record's opener, "Sleeping Diagonally," finds Iron & Wine's Sam Beam harmonizing with his own whispers over folksy acoustic guitars. "From California to Houston, On Lightspeed" has Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock pasting his nasal croon over out-of-time drums and sparse banjo. On "Seems Like Most Everything Used to Be Something Else," Pall Jenkins of the Black Heart Procession sings softly and pits occasional piano against slide guitar and a bunch of tweaked laptop glitch-noise. Young People's Katie Eastburn channels Sonic Youth's dissonance with a distorted keyboard and shouts her fem-freakout screams on "Cold Things Never Catch Fire." Finally, on "A Blueprint of Something Never Finished," Pedro the Lion's David Bazan is in fine form, employing his brand of rich emo-vocals, lush overcompressed drums, and moral preaching ("You shouldn't have been unfaithful you stupid bitch"), adding, this time around, melodic echo-guitar and background banshee noise. The record's nine tracks stay faithful to the somber mood that the Six Parts Seven likes, adding just another layer of intimacy to a warm and placid formula.