We might be listening to two different bands cause a majority of the songs are pretty raw. This (to me) is the most polished song yet and I love it!
I guess it might just be me then because I had the same problem with both the afghan guitar ep and the person l split. I really like the songs themselves but the production just kills them for me. They're not as polished as this is but they're still in that same vein. It kind of neuters any energy the songs have and it's just disappointing because these songs would so much better if they weren't recorded that way. Like just compare the recording of "Broken Glowsticks" to them playing it live here in the video posted a couple of weeks ago.
It just doesn't compare to me. They sound way better live and noisier/messier but apparently that's not how Brian wants them to sound now