It's been three years since the ode to historic failure that was 'Elegies to Lessons Learned' from I Like Trains. They have turned their attention from the past to the future, and in their eyes there is impending doom ahead, and their is not a lot we can do to stop it. The album artwork sums up the state of play, simple, uncluttered, but leaves an impression nonetheless.
This is not to say the album is depressing, singer Dave Martin's baritone suits his thoughtful analysis of a future world that has little to offer, and the album is more open ended than Elegies.
There are elements of Sigur Ros in the shimmering guitars and minimalist style of some tracks, Martin's deep and mournful vocals have will draw likenings to those of Tom Smith of Editors or Ian Curtis, but without the oversimplistic lyrics of the former or the autobiographical candour of the latter.
Anyone who makes the effort to listen to the tracks repeatedly will find plenty to enjoy, although singles Sea of Regret (which appeared on an closing credits of an episode of CSI Miami) and A Father's Son have a more instant appeal.
This is an album that deserves to be listened to by anyone with a brain, by a band that is the antithesis of the embarrassing drivel that passes for music today in Simon Cowell's Britain.
To a certain extent they are an excellent band in search of a definitive audience, too intelligent for pop, not cliched enough to be a cult, not in a hurry to be and the album is something to immerse and relax yourself in like a steaming hot bath at the end of a tiring day.