A sense of exuberance runs throughout the record, which listeners will undoubtedly find familiar. The breakneck speed of "Sheathed Wings," "Mind On Fire" and "Learning To Relax" are all outright danceable moments, while the meticulous microsampling of "Meme Generator" and "Take It To The Max" demonstrate more of Deacon's accomplished arrangement skill, not to mention his incredible artistry in layering sound.
Gliss Riffer also sees Deacon pay greater attention his lyrical content, while still using his voice as a textural instrument through pitch-shifting and heavy use of a vocoder. From the psychedelic stream-of-consciousness sing-along "When I Was Done Dying" to the anxiety-ridden reflections of the aforementioned "Mind On Fire," his words now carry a greater weight in giving way to the greater narratives of each piece — a welcome new element to Deacon's grand vision. (Domino)