Parallax Error Beheads You, for those who were unacquainted with Max Tundra beforehand (as I was), is a shock. To avoid going into too much detail, this is pop. This is electro-pop. But it's not Beatles with electric instruments and synths filtered through ProTools. And I'm reluctant to use IDM, because it's not really dance. It is music for robots who have overthrown their human masters, and then found themselves reticent of the excessive violence they used to liberate themselves; they then tried to imitate the sounds their former overlords once made, called "music," in tribute through adoption of the former civilization's inexplicable cultural mores.
Exhibit A: "Which Song" which is both shameless condensation of Michael Jackson's pop hits into a single song and a flexing of Max Tundra's sequencing and electric-chord-progression muscles.
Exhibit B: "Orphaned" which is a demonstration of how CD skips can still make a melody, and a half decent one. Crackle, static, sharply cut-off fragments, sounds out of nowhere, error messages all julienned, diced, and stuck together. Just as you suspect that's the only substance to the song though, it breaks into an actual song with like, lyrics! It sounds like a demonstration of order in chaos.
So yes, it is challenging and non-conforming, in a good way! There is something vaguely lacking pretention of the production, perhaps due to framing classic pop structures in this weirdo song architecture. There are stand-outs, for sure, like the aforementioned "Which Song," but it's an enjoyable romp all throughout.