The world of Maybe Smith must be a strange one to inhabit; in this land, Stockhausen rubs shoulders with bedsit electronica and Americana. More remarkably still, the brains behind Maybe Smith is a 21-year-old Canadian musician named Colin Skrapek who demonstrates an understanding of various genres of music without losing track of accessability. 'August, Yes' is a case in point, it may be propelled by glitchy electronic beats but it boasts the melodic heart of Grandaddy or The Flaming Lips. Although this is a mere appetiser compared to the outstanding main course which bears few comparisons at all; 'The Waltz For One For None' is an achingly gorgeous electro-waltz and is one of those wonderful, technicolour moments in pop which only occurs once every blue moon. Employing similar craft wit string samples, 'And You With It, Speck Of Dust!' and the exquisite 'Toothbrush 73.3' are touched with a similar greatness. So whilst Skrapek's insistence on using a vocoder is the only real criticism of this album, he more than makes up for it with his immense instrumental talent.