The cover art says it all: the minimalist, predominantly black images with roman numerals representing song titles. So who or what is Lansing-Dreiden? They are a collective dwelling in New York who are just as concerned with visual art and literature as they are with music. Normally this means a pretentious album is forthcoming but 'The Incomplete Triangle' is enigmatic in a good way. The first four songs (or the first side of the triangle if you will) possess all the intensity of early Joy Division, the grit of a 60s garage band and vocals which suggest they are part of some ancient religious cult. The second side of the triangle is more doleful and glacial; 'I Keep Everything' is a gothic ballad of stunning poise and there's little to choose between this and 'Laid In Stone'; featuring some wonderful variations on vocal harmonies and another unforgettably haunting melody. There's an otherwordly, almost medieval quality to these songs. The final side is - to play on the unfortunate title of the record - the incomplete one; 'I.C.U.' is laughably out of place 80s electro-pop (think Johnny Hates Jazz guesting on a New Order record) and even though the other songs in this section are decent (the new wave of 'Glass Corridor' is even rather great) there is a sense of perfectly good music being unnecessarily spoiled. However, the first forty minutes of this album represent some of the most exicting music committed to disc in recent times.