Shaking the Habitual is meta-text as text, a topographical map of the 21st Century, a Dadaist magic show. It's Das Kapital in a hot-pink package — an art-synth soundtrack to a Maya Deren retrospective bisected by a 20-minute drone piece that arrives like a cinder block dropped on a birthday cake.
It's an album whose true meaning takes place in its negative space between the lyrics as much as in them. Its songs seem to have come about via a deft employment of the cut-up technique; its best known lyric — "I'm telling you stories, trust me," comes from Jeanette Winterson's The Passion, and references the notion that truth and fiction often exist simultaneously, particularly in the cases of global history and accepted class norms. Its next-best-known lyric comes from Fugazi's "Blueprint": "What a difference a little difference would make."