The cover picture may depict an image of humdrum working class life but 'Ancient Lights' is, rather disarmingly, an electronica release. It's an unusual concept, matching track titles which suggest wistful nostalgia ('Trains To York', 'Another Place', 'Never Remember', 'So Far Away') to an entirely wordless electronic music and initially it doesn't seem to work. Delving deeper into the record, however, 'Rain On Snow' balances some bright Yazoo-like synth notes with a melancholic wash in the background and suddenly emotions seem to be coming to the surface. The aforementioned 'Trains To York' and 'So Far Away' achieve similar depth of feeling; namely a sense of loneliness whilst 'Friday Night (Light Blue)' and 'Sector' even suggest Kraftwerk-ian romantic longing. Finally, the beautifully subtle 'Field Drift' evokes a wintry scene in Northern England. So despite a fairly inconsequential beginning, Newlyn achieves the difficult task of conveying emotion via digital means.