Rather fittingly for this time of year, the cover shot for Julian Fane's first CD is of a wintry scene. The contents within are also suitably warming comfort for this time of year on this emotive and tuneful record. Fane is a Canadian although the recognisable influences are mainly Icelandic, the childlike innocence of Múm is the obvious comparison to make. Yet Fane takes a more direct approach to melody. The tinkling chimes of 'Stasis' are a prelude to a mini symphony, 'The Birthday Boys' and 'Freezing In Haunted Water' are rich with lush and dreamy keyboard washes. 'Book Repository' is a rare but welcome excursion into eerie Piano Magic territory and 'Taoist Blockade' is a brilliant evocation of Oriental melancholy. The only weakness is Fane's rather timid vocals. He needn't worry though, for 'Special Forces' is blessed with enough persuasive charm to melt an iceberg.