There isn't much here that is all that far "out" to my ears, just simply some really good musicians playing within a framework that they clearly understand well. "No Myth" begins with a violin monologue, which bursts into improvisation with a start. As Filiano and Hwang create a sonic canvas and Drury adds a variety of sounds, Bynum plays solidly improvised lines on cornet. This lasts maybe 45 seconds, maybe a minute, then the thing breaks down again, coming back with tribal drums and some very lovely ensemble playing by Hwang and Bynum. Once Drury begins the steady drumming, he never lets up, and Bynum works his way through a solo that builds nicely until Hwang begins to play a competing repetitive line with plucked strings. Then Filiano gets a turn at a solo, unaccompanied, and it's an aggressive affair, with heavily plucked strings and winding glissandos. The next ensuing ensemble section brings the piece to an unexpected conclusion.
"Threads" evokes tension from the start, until about midway through, when it erupts into a full fledged whirlwind, as Drury's martial drumbeat is underpinned by Filiano's Eastern drone. Hwang creates descending spirals of cornet sound as the piece lurches along towards its conclusion. After a brief introduction, "Parallel Meditations" features another strong Filiano solo, with the bassist bowing furiously against the small, repetitive figure launched by Bynum and Hwang. There are times when this piece has a rhythmic perspective that is all bebop, even though the repetition of ostinato figures lets you know it's a modern composition. Hwang fires off the first solo here, and he is completely in command. Bynum, plays a particularly aggressive flugelhorn solo, attacking his ideas with vigor.
The final piece, "Grassy Hills" has strong melodic elements, with Bynum allowing his brass work to slip and slide from note to note as Hwang lays out the well-defined melody. Drury works with brushes early in the track, offering the soft but brittle snare sound that can only be achieved with brushes. His playing is stunning in its ability to accent certain elements the others are playing.