**Japan edition, with obi.** Lush, poetical, high-romantic interfusings of mind and landscape courtesy of Ecka Mordecai (cello), Tom James Scott (piano) and Andrew Chalk (arrangements). Mordecai’s plangent strings bring a whole new energy and colour-palette to Chalk/Scott’s well-honed aesthetic, both reinforcing and revitalising it, and while there’s no shortage of the wise ambient passivity we expect from and adore in all Faraway Press offerings, there are also moves towards more of a muscular, quicksilver chamber-trio dynamic - see ’Butterflies’, with Mordecai’s volatile bowed tones crescendoing across a backdrop of lush lunar synth drones and carefully portioned minor-key chords. Where in the past Chalk and Scott have typically favoured amorphous, almost vaporous compositional structures, and an emotional inscrutability that sometimes borders on constipation(!), Circaea’s pieces are relatively open, expressive, and not averse to linear narrative - a track like ‘Mirages’, for instance, combines brooding atmosphere with subtle rhythmic momentum/uplift in a manner that feels acutely cinematic. But not too cinematic, don’t worry…a sense of mystery and deep English reserve still prevails. An extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerising record, one of the best to emerge from the L.S.D./Faraway milieu in recent years.