Recent history proves that quirky Americana accompanied by reedy vocals has been a successful route to take. The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev realised this and transformed from cult-indie obscurity to mass appeal. But whilst those groups have the financial backing to turn their music into alternative Disney anthems, California's Audio Out Send have to rely on their strength in subtlety. Pleasingly they have this quality in spades. 'The Great Lawn Competition' and 'Radio Elevator Song' match Grandaddy for vocal delivery and oddball subject matter but they add levels of unease to the mix. The acoustic and heartfelt 'Rolling Heads' even stand up against Simon And Garfunkel's work and with esoteric, tuneful tales in the vein of 'Calling On The Girl', 'Stand Tall Little Wall' and 'The Carver' they show their talents to be no fluke. This high quality first album has a pleasing unaffected vulnerability to it that bodes well for Audio Out Send's future prospects.