To begin with a statement like 'It Ends' immediately evokes an idea that you are arriving midway through something and it's apocalyptic connotations certainly mirror the mood. There is futuristic intent but it actually sounds retrospective because it's essentially a percussive arrangement with any other elements in the background, lurking in sinister shadows.

It takes some principals from dance music by layering tracks gradually; using these subtle shifts to dictate, rather than obvious, wholesale additions. A lot of the synthetic sounds repeat, and the percussion tends to be a reliable marching thud. We see recognisable hints of pop in the lead melody of 'Insides' that get drenched, drowned and then return – one of the most glorious passages of the record. By refraining to indulge elsewhere it emphasizes the moments when it's most appropriate to introduce melody.

You have to look beneath the glaring, attention detracting swathes and concentrate instead upon subtle shifts in mood. It's a suggestion rather than a bold instruction, and you are much more tempted to explore as a consequence. It's a very discomforting sound initially, and quite unappealing. It takes a few runs to adjust - such is the strange atmosphere into which you're transported. It's a challenge in itself to be able to decipher the sounds into tangible meaning, but it is possible.

This is not a world that you can delve in and out of and expect it all to make sense. You have to resign yourself to the fact that you aren't going to recognise much of what is happening, but likewise implore yourself to indulge in some strange ideas which you will find disturbing as well. It's possible to consider this music apocalyptic or nightmarish, and that's absolutely one perspective, but in actual fact, it's much more than that: The bowels of a metallic underworld, one that's primal and alien at the same time.

The lack of vocals make you pay attention and when they do appear on 'Want', the lines "I want it, can't have it" conjure images of heartbreak. Throughout, there are subtle references that make me think that this is an ode to grief - the loss of love; through the narrative of a human mind overwhelmed with emotion but only able to function as a machine.

Once you attach some human perspective to the record, it all begins to make sense. Take the track titles alone: 'It Ends', 'Insides', 'Remember The Future', 'Crush', 'Die Life', 'Lost Years', and 'Want', all have connotations that relate to lost love and heartbreak. But it's delivered through the point of view of 'Machines', or, what we humans become if you remove our emotional context.

This is an elaborate display of a dissected human state – you just have to take the clues. You could listen to the album countless times and relate nothing to the purposely generic and monotonous sound, but if you place it in this context of heartbreak – a classic subject of pop music – then you find it actually pouring with feeling. It's an intelligent subversion of our own perception of emotion that re-interprets this much devoured subject matter into something new, and profoundly powerful.