So, if "Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are" is the inspiration, I have now listened to over half of it. "Excellent sound" would be an accurate description for this record. It 'hurts my ears' just a little bit, but that's because it begs to be played loud and then uses that reference volume level to assualt us in spots... but, when that happens, I think that is exactly the intention. When clean, super-clear sound is what they are producing, this is like a hyper version of that. And the way the low mids are handled is very impressive: character-driven and tons of weight with no hint of muddiness. Also lots of 'bell-y', bright stuff that could very easily be painful and overbearing but, instead, has that same natural super-low-distortion clarity. Overall, it's definitely 'ear candy city'. I would think this would be a spectacular record to listen to on a killer, full-range system because of the sheer amount of intelligently-rendered and executed information, which also feels super-wide and, when warranted, deep and ambient. But this record is not a 'pleasure listen'--more like a sonic tour de force. Because the pleasure aspect is missing, it's a bit abstract for me. But it is an amazing acheivement and I can't even begin to figure out how they did it.
P.S., I forgot to mention the use of melodic counterlines in some of the songs--this represents a level of compositional sophistication not often seen in this day and age.