It’s all about the beat on those verses. The song a paean to the snap-step, the melodic builds of the bridges and choruses in “Dark Horse” really just function as pleasing ways to revert back to that eerie synth arpeggio and trap beat. The chopped ‘n’ screwed vocal of “there’s no going back” that closes the hooks re-introduces the track’s ensnaring base, snapping snares and fat bass daring you not to move to it.
While it retains the cheerfully amateur style of the Beets, N.A.P. is undeniably more melancholy and introspective. Wauters still has a unique way with words—meaning he still specializes in confusing circular logic, at times letting words fall one by one into unsortable piles. And even without the support of Garcia, Wauters’s enduring ability to define his own little wacko world within a thirty-minute record is a treat to listen to.