Weval like to have a good time. Moreover, they like to offer one. Having charmed even the most selective in the electronic community with their carefree, accessible self-titled debut in 2016, Harm Coolen and Merijn Albers took their time with their sophomore LP.

After all, the feat of wooing a notoriously, shall I say, demanding crowd that knows just what they like, and just how they like it - on Kompakt, a label known to purvey exclusively to them, no less - with music that wore its heart so readily on its sleeve cannot be overstated. To capture that energy on record again required the mood to be just right, and things didn’t quite start there. The Dutch duo was insistent on the music only springing from a place that felt “spontaneous”; they only wanted to return if they could be sure it felt, well, just like the first time.

Readily admitting sessions initially began in a joyless place, the pair searched about until, happily, they stumbled into a place that felt akin to the elation of their earliest days. The Weight was born.

Naturally, none of this is to say Weval intended on simply repeating themselves. To record their second album, they threw what they knew they could do to the wind, abandoning their Eno-esque studio-as-instrument approach in favor of a more organic process. Fetching guitars, a piano, as well as a motley collection of “quirky toy” synths, the duo recorded their own voices and samples, all of which helped push The Weight into a familiar yet refreshing new world.

Indeed, the music here feels more than apart from Weval, somehow more layered and brighter still. ‘Someday’ for example, borders on brighter King of Limbs percussion, all while being more inviting than Radiohead’s somewhat overbearing take on the sounds at play. Simultaneously, it’s less attention-demanding than their debut, willing to swirl color in the background for a peripheral listen, rather than dominate your view. Nonetheless, the likes of ‘False State of Mind’ stand among the grooviest and most confident work Weval have offered.

In short, The Weight manages to be both the least demanding and most subtly complex music the duo has dreamed up thus far. Often understated in its charms, it’s a record best appreciated through multiple visits: it may not have quite the sudden impact of its predecessor, yet is more than worthy of its sunny, psychedelically idyllic artwork. Yet again, Weval have made a nigh impossible move look so easy that a casual listener might hardly notice their nuanced, assured craftsmanship. No small thing indeed.