obviously plaid has expected that we know the next move they'll make. this is evident through the release of the p-brane ep, which, if you went to any shows in their recent north american tour, you could have picked up early for 10 bucks.
picture their musical career (in albums, at least) as tiny complete enigmas presented as audio. "not for threes" introduced their style and offered insight into their black dog history. "rest proof clockwork" was their comfort with themselves as musicians, and branching out into newer things. "double figure" is their immersion into what they knew, and fully shows their range. so on closer inspection, anything in between (peel sessions, trainer, and this ep) have only had enough to give us glimpses.
to explain the type of music on the ep would be pointless, as there are multiple interpretations of the tracks. "coat" begins very softly, then breaks (as in glitchy breakbeat) into a multi-chorused hymn-like danceable, while "diddymousedid" has a little bit of elevator music jump in it in the beginning before getting bizarre. you notice in the first two tracks that there are frame-like shifts in the percussion. these are very detailed volume shifts, so you can tell they certainly took their time making these tracks. "stills" is definitely different for them. very electro and very autechre-ish. i'm not sure if they were pushing towards this, but it gets grand towards the end. finally "mfaus" is brilliant and a kick to see them do it live. there's so much percussion to this song it's hard to sit still.
the cd also includes the "eyen" video warp records streams on their site, a decent video and a great song.
so why five stars? i seem kind of indifferent about it, yes, but i am a true plaid fan. if you dig all their stuff, of course you'll have to pick it up. if you're just a beginner, start with "rest proof clockwork" or "double figure". then you can understand.