Although you can hardly call it a supergroup, the pairing of Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard with Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel fame should cause some stirrings in the indie-rock fraternity. Whilst Dntel is largely associated with the electronica scene, Gibbard preaches highly articulate lyrics over guitar backdrops. But however strange an idea it is to exchange music purely via mail to make this recording, the partnership pays dividends on more than one occasion. Take - for example - the stellar turn on 'Such Great Heights' which cries out electro-pop hit in anyone's language, crafted on a complicated set of shifting beats and Gibbard's keening vocals. Further excellence is achieved on 'Recycled Air' where Gibbard supplies a delightful guitar refrain and 'Clark Gable' is another pop gem from the old school of naive new-wavers like Buggles or New Musik. There are a few moments where the melodies are not quite as strong and Gibbard's vocals - very much on the same wavelength as Jonathan Donahue or Wayne Coyne - can grate at those times. It would be easy to cast doubts on this kind of remote project but for the majority of time the two artists are clearly reading from the same page.