Burocchi's atmospheric riffs paint the midnight imagery of "In the Event of War Tear the Bridges Down." His icy playing could've easily planted itself onto a Ridley Scott science-fiction film; it is otherworldly and ethereal. Complementing this is Panico's bass, spiky and dreamy. On headphones, their performances conjure quite a trip, especially on rainy nights. "8 Steps Not to Get Lost" is brimming with indie-rock textures, namely the sharply strummed guitar and brittle, pulsating bass. Trinoloi's robust drums propel the beat forward.
UADG excels at pushing the stylistic boundaries of jazz, which they do on "Short Guide to the Use of Sands." Burocchi's scrappy, dissonant guitars are as far from mainstream jazz in America as it gets; coupled with Panico's deep, funky bass and Trinoli's breathlessly energetic pummeling drums, it is an exhilaring experience. The same can be said for the rest of How to Build a City.