Once the shy guitarist with Teesside alt-folkers Dressed Like Wolves and post-rock dreamers Hold Music, Leeds’ Maelin Brown has vanished inside a battered laptop, sending only this charming missive to an unfeeling world. ‘il.ke’ is the sound of a pulsing electronic heartbeat, and ‘kocyu’ the patter of radiophonic rain on a misted window. Two tracks are named after keyboard symbols, with ‘~’ the fizzling highlight. Short, fragile and oddly moving, it’s an album of tiny delights drenched in lonely melancholy. Music for long sighs, cold tea and half-eaten pikelets. BF

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