Possibly tired of waiting for the next Portishead release, Beth Gibbons has shown great initiative in seeking out former Talk Talk and Orang member Paul Webb. The match of the two - Webb now known as Rustin Man - has produced a release that is never groundbreaking but can be taken seriously enough as less a marriage of convenience between two people who are biding time between releases, but more as a quality end product in its own right. It's refreshing to see Gibbons' vocals in a natural environment uncluttered by scratches and samples. Her wounded sparrow vocals are just as at home on the modern folk of 'Mysteries' or 'Show'. The windswept quality of 'Tom The Model' and 'Romance' (the latter has Gibbons rasping lustily) would serve rootsy, nostalgic cinematic soundtracks perfectly. Thereafter the quality isn't quite as sustained but points of note are 'Spider Monkey's Portishead-like weird finale (not entirely welcome on this album), 'Drake' offers an excellent tribute to the oft-revered Nick Drake and the disorientating title track. An ideal and unusual way for the two protagonists to kill time.