Name-dropping Spacemen 3, Loop and My Bloody Valentine amongst their key influences may suggest an inclination towards noise terrorism and drone rock for instrumental outfit Phobos 3. The truth is considerably more pleasing as 'Melody For Sleep' is an excellent, coherent album and - as its title may suggest - it blends an appreciation of shoegazing/dream pop aesthetics mastered by the aforementioned MBV but with an ear for deep-rooted melodies underneath. A menacing bass rhythm informs each track and with the odd sample thrown in at key moments and some industrial beats there are definite parallels to Cabaret Voltaire or Laibach, especially on 'The Priest' and its even more urgent successor 'Shadow Cut'. A faultless mid-section of the album is made complete by 'Looking In The Mirror' and 'Backward Falling Stars' which fly the flag for shimmering guitars and hypnosis-inducing rhythms. They may be signed to Nameless Records but Phobos 3 could and should be big players in modern instrumental music.