Exclusive edition for WOE - with alternative artwork - a numbered screen-print included.The new project of one half of Blackwater, The Dengie Hundred introduces itself to the world with a debut album of nocturnal imaginings and longings. Fans of that Blackwater record will find a substantial amount more to enjoy on Brackenbank, which explores similar afterhours terrain and time-dilated liminality. Travel, in various guises, appears to be a central motif - of time, of water, and motion through shifting landscapes. Said to be a record reflecting the early weeks of a long distance relationship, there's certainly that sense of both temporality and burgeoning intimacy. Where present, the vocals are quietly intoned and confessional, not unlike late period Coil (imagine, perhaps, a more wholesome Musick to Play in the Dark), and always underscored by twinkling synths and/or piano, and creaking, barely registable percussion all rendered in an ethereal fog. Possibly romantic music, though certainly not in a declarative way, more the sound of an idea - a feeling - emerging and a set of worlds shifting a touch with it. There's touches of Flaming Tunes' private world communion present here, and maybe the second side of Before And After Science - you know, that kind of music making that foremost feels of and for itself. Which as a result makes Brackenbank a uniquely independent statement for a debut. Final point for those concerned with such things: the artist has been kind enough to service us a special edition of the record with both a silk screen printed sleeve and additional, numbered insert.