Where he adopted a hushed croon on many of We're All Dying to Live's tracks, here Aucoin uses a yelp; its visceral punch is matched by the 10 high-energy tracks that make up the record's scant 30-minute runtime. Gone are the long intros, outros and instrumental passages. Ephemeral is an all killer, no filler affair, even as Aucoin's lyrics (something he rarely gets credit for) continue to display an earnest optimism that embody his #yolo attitude.
We're All Dying to Live was marked by its insanely collaborative creation (over 500 musicians are credited), but while Aucoin wisely bucks that approach here, he is once again writing to visuals: Ephemeral doubles as the soundtrack to a 1979 Claymation adaptation of The Little Prince. The two don't need to be experienced in tandem, though. More than ever, Aucoin's music stands on its own merits. (Bonsound)