Unfamiliar with Bark Psychosis' apparently seminal debut 'Hex' I can provide a semi-objective review of this album. Lush instrumentation, enhanced with electronics, with hushed male and female (alternating) vocals - often distant in the mix - make for a rich listening experience that is brooding and languid in turns. It bears similarity to some of Mogwai's recent output (Rock Action in particular), but also the Cocteau Twins, Tortoise, The Notwist, Lali Puna and later Talk Talk. Despite the organic, 'live' feel of the music, its clearly carefully arranged, and the effect is largely tense and urban - akin to recent Massive Attack - rather than pastoral. Like Massive's 100th Window, it can be a bit po-faced at times, but this is an up-close-and-personal experience, strictly one for the headphones. Highlights include the textbook post-rock opener 'From What is Said to When Its Read', to its follow-up, the sparkling and seemingly mis-titled 'The Black Meat', which bursts into trumpet solos and shimmering atmospherics, and later, '400 Winters' is a swirling gem of Liz Frasier-esque vocals. There are a few dud tracks along the way but all in all -not bad at all!!