Following swiftly on from the quiet experimentalism of Planivaar is the second release from Split Femur Recordings. Recorded under the name of Emvelope Nine, label owner Alan Daly has crafted a similarly subtle set of instrumental pieces but what they lack in obvious thrills they certainly make up for in atmosphere and haunting machine music.
'Melt Canal' is an occasionally ponderous affair (the minimalist likes of 'She Says' and 'Kicked To The Ground' seem too understated to be enjoyed), yet after a while Daly's approach to music is clearly similar to Vladislav Delay in the way he manages to make computerised sounds come across as emotional. 'Stomach' and 'Black & White Party' are the sonic equivalent of freezing cold air. Unusually, 'Plans Around Nothing' and 'These Roads Go To You' are reminiscent of the otherwordly space sounds of the underrated Avrocar but most impressive of all is 'Nobody Is Nobody', which seems lost in a ghostly wall of static and elegant melody. Yet regardless of Daly's influences he has constructed a fascinating and multi-layered record which has an alluring mystery that most artists struggle to achieve.