The muted guitars and sense of sonic space in "You Would Have Hated This Song" reminded us of The Police. In contrast to the lively music, the vocal character is gentle and vulnerable. The lyrics are relentlessly open-hearted and full of pop culture reference, again bringing to mind The Smiths. The band invokes associations like this not only by its sound, music and vibe of the lyrics. The musical artists referenced in the song's poetry (Marvin Gaye, Pere Ubu, ESG and The Cure) also add colours to the palette of associations created by Quarantine Beach, making the track even more rich and layered.
"As If I Didn't Know" takes the vulnerability up a notch. The song's transparent electric piano and warm pads make the vocals sound even more bare and open than on previous songs. The vocals are the big planet in the track's sonic space, and other instruments are the smaller planets in its orbits. The melodies here are extremely catchy, and the arpeggiated guitars are the element that helps bring their power to the extreme.
The EP closes with "I'm Gonna Do Just What You Want Me To", an uptempo and similarly catchy number. Again, the guitar arps help carry the memorable vocal melodies forward. The song's harmonic and arrangement shifts play along with the song's lyrics. The narrator, "just a cheater, who's going to take the blame", can't figure out which path to take, and the music follows his indecisive mind.
This makes the song a perfect closer for "The Dreampath of Desire", a complex EP, full of associations, culture references, sonic layers, catchy parts and intricate arrangement details.