The idea of a Satie's Faction EP started to take shape in the spring of 2011, not long after "The Great Event" and "Scargazing" were composed. The latter, a mostly gentle piece in G major and 6/8 time seemed to complement the impetuous and ominous character of the former rather well. "The Great Event" features ample melodies in mixed 6/4 and 4/4 time and goes through about ten different keys.
"Some Kind of Peace" was composed in February 2012 and might be deemed a minimalist piece. Despite its complex 5/4 time signature (with a few bars in 6/4 and in common time), it is mostly slow and sparse and makes heavy use of the minor pentatonic scale.
The second half of the EP consists in three piano covers of songs by David Bowie, Radiohead and Depeche Mode. While both "Hallo Spaceboy" and "Waiting for the Night" feature unusual chord changes and striking melodies that begged to be emphasised, the harmonically static and tonally ambivalent "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" was given a twist by taking some liberty with the original vocal melody.