Compared to the debut album 'Broken Door' Ephemeral Sun took a different approach when recording this material: rather than working against click tracks and scratches, as much tracking as possible was done live in the studio. As a result, the songs capture some of the energy and intensity of a live performance, but with the relative sonic clarity of a studio recording. 'Springsong' opens the album and serves notice of the new direction Ephemeral Sun has taken. Intended as an informal sequel to 'Winter Has No Mercy,' it embraces the same aggressive approach but achieves higher peaks and greater contrasts. 'Prism' was originally a vocal piece, deconstructed and rebuilt into it's final form; a powerful symphonic work and a pastoral interlude that may be one of the band's most affecting moments. Closing out the first half of the album is 'Memoirs,' a quiet slice of restrained melancholy. Even in miniature form, the band retains the ability to convey a cinematic landscape. The second half of the album is the epic 'Harvest Aorta,' the band's most definitive moment to date and nothing short of a tour de force. Clocking in at over 40 minutes, the piece began as an experiment in theme/variation rather than conventional verse/chorus composition. Within it's expansive framework, the band's many strengths are consolidated and showcased: contrasts between dark and light, lush atmospheres, blistering solos, ambient interludes and soaring melodies. 'Harvest Aorta' is four songs, four musicians, and over an hour of powerful, heavy instrumental symphonic rock.