From the shores of Australia and the shards of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control and Rat Columns, Lace Curtain emerge. Though they're usually drenched in post-punk and garage, members Mikey Young, Dave West and James Vinciguerra have towelled off, and are staring at something wholly new on the horizon with their brand new EP, Falling/Running.

Swells of analogue delay pitted against a grooving, boho drum machine; opener 'Falling (II)' has you smiling into the rearview mirror and realising that the back of your hair looks great long, but only when the sides are cut very short. Other than the conflicting synthesisers released in the latter stages of the six-minute number, it's very pedestrian; chugging along at a leisurely pace and relying almost exclusively on simple textural developments to create differing scenery. The cacophony of synthesisers won't be overly familiar to the ear, which is however desirable.

"You can't keep running away, the way you do," Mikey Young's soulful, warm vocals are as dominant on 'Running (I)' as any other point on the EP. When realised, they're central to the flow of the material: 'Falling (I)'. The interactions between the percussive guitar and mechanical, straight bass lines are indeed a highlight throughout the whole release, and when they are in sync, they create a hypnotic panorama.

There's a nicely out of tune quality to 'Running (II)' which isolates a kind of charm which is seldom found on most synth-based releases, let alone crossover records. As the bass climbs clumsily it dances around tonality and this unfamiliarity, there's a genuine tension to the work, which the material just seems to crave and require as the songs cruise by, but rarely find.

There's hardly enough on offer on Falling/Running to either completely adore or to abhor, however, this is a piece of a concept nature which has clear ambitions to be allied, relaxed and unconcerned. Once Lace Curtain extend their reach beyond the constraints of a 12" release, they may yet be able to manifest the clearly strong components of Falling/Running into something far more memorable than songs that seem to wash by.