Swedish Duo I Break Horses (Maria Linden and Fredrik Balck) have turned in a good set with -Hearts-, a nine track collection of distinctive synth-pop which, an increasingly cluttered genre notwithstanding, has enough of its own to say to deserve our attention. There is a jumbled intensity in their vision. Mist-shrouded landscapes, dense subterranean beats, half-heard ghostly vocals. Ms Linden-s voice is often buried so deep in the mix that the words are obscured but this adds a satisfying sense of mystery and adventure to the proceedings. The quasi-psychedelic noodlings of -Wired- is a particularly good example. Elsewhere, -I Kill Love, Baby- demonstrates a greater capacity for restraint. Initially barely breathing, the piece has an affecting hymn-like quality but builds, layer-upon-layer, until Ms Lindens vocal entry gives the arrangement clearer focus and definition. Although little more than a two-chord trick the results are surprisingly uplifting. -Pulse- and -Cancer-, too,continues the journey into dream-epic territory with their near-orchestral textures. (The latter is arguably the albums finest moment. A very beautiful moment). Final track, -No Way Outro- , turns its face towards the sun bringing the project to a rousing close with a curious but powerful folsky optimism. As another summer reaches its last burning embers -Hearts- will find a place in the frosts and fogs of another years end. Autumnal music indeed. Recommended.