With their first collaborative release in four years, Stanley Brinks (formerly André Herman Dune until he left the band named after him in 2006) and The Wave Pictures coalesce the best of both worlds in ‘Gin’, an album that is as intriguing as it is uncomplicated.

Following on from two previous joint albums released in 2009 and 2010,  and recorded entirely live in the studio without headphones or overdubs, ‘Gin’ has been crafted with a great deal of improvisation, partly due to The Wave Pictures not getting a chance to learn the songs before the session began because Brinks forgot to put a stamp on the demo tape he’d sent them from Berlin. It’s a favourable mishap because ‘Gin’ is something that sounds offhand but focused, and effortlessly captivating.

As a collection of songs, it weaves between the avant-garde and primitive folk, though it remains lyrically centred throughout with the classic recording techniques oozing an old-school ambience. Inspired by my favourite tipple, the drink was the subject for the writing and recording process and ‘Gin’ sounds appropriately disjointed but surprisingly balanced.

For those who are familiar with Brinks’ huge discography, this is a notable rawer and less refined outing than some of his previous work, but it remains typically rich in a variety of sounds and original structures; the songs are looser, more playful and all the more endearing because of it.