All credit to Minneapolis duo The Great Depression for embracing new styles with each release. After the American psych-rock of 'Heaven Is Becoming' and anglicised melancholia of 'Unconscious Pilot', they now see fit to embrace the world of ambient instrumental music. 'Prefix' should be viewed as a mini-album rather than a preview of their forthcoming, long-player 'Preaching To The Fire'. It consists of only one vocal track and it's a brilliant one. 'Bernadette' revolves around a dark piano hook and the kind of sullen, edgy vocals which Todd Casper has now perfected; it even veers off into a rich Talk Talk-esque arrangement by the end. Far from being makeweights to the lead track, the instrumental pieces offer more evidence that they should pursue their eclectic nature. '(The Real) Danger At Make Out Pass' and 'There Is No Sun' do wonderful things with some low-slung guitars that are truly driving, 'A Blase Melody' adds some maudlin strings whilst 'Our Work Is Done' is stark and atmospheric. Another top quality effort from a band that haven't put a foot wrong whilst still being able to reinvent themselves with each release.