Dahle has a solid track record of interesting pop-rock arrangements through various projects over the past decade (including Mounties, alongside Hawksley Workman and Hot Hot Heat's Steve Bays); Pacific Milk continues this trend. The elementary, summer vacation-esque "Been There Done That" speaks to his lack of desire to recreate the fuller, rockier early Limblifter sound.
The album's vibe is laid back, including the island feel of "Dopamine" and the quirky interludes on "Key to Karavana" and "Hotel Knife." "Position Open" offers a more pared down version of traditional Limblifter tendencies, but ultimately, Pacific Milk is a force- and feedback-free zone. The elements here are defined and airy: synths and strings are woven between clean drum rolls and tinkering guitar, and though the bass lines seem sparse and rudimentary at first, there's a sense of skilful deliberation that eventually reveals itself. Dahle follows his muse on Pacific Milk, and listeners would be wise to do the same. (We Are Busy Bodies)