Domino – 2001 – 52 minutes

These days it seems the low-fi guitar channels are jammed full of multiple-monikered American talent. Papa M is Dave Pajo, one-time Tortoise experimentalist and guitarist with revered Louisville noise-peddlars Slint. 'Whatever, Mortal' sees him springboard from his days of compositional craziness into a pool of muted, gentle tones.

'Over Jordan' lulls us into mellow territory before upping the tempo on 'Belloved Woman'. 'Roses In The Snow' and 'Sarah Jane' are classic country ballads with a twist. The awesome 'Many Splendored Thing' is a beguiling ode to love, with its melancholic harmonies. 'Glad You're Here With Me' is a plea to a disgruntled lover underpinned by a soft combination of guitar and melodica.

Will Oldham co-produced this album and his influence is palpable throughout. 'Whatever, Mortal' discards the dark broth of Bonnie Prince Billy in favour of a warm, seductive brew. Pajo draws on his diverse musical background to create a wonderful collection of taut, fragile tunes.

Sinéad Gleeson

Tracklisting: Over Jordan – Beloved Woman – Roses In The Snow - Sorrow Reigns – Krusty – The Lass Of Roch Royal – Many Splendored Thing – Glad You're Here With Me – Tamu – Sabotage – Purple Eyelid – The Unquiet Grave – Northwest Passage