Label: Fire Records Release date: Out now! Website: www.myspace.com/ryandriver Buy: Amazon Feeler Of Pure Joy by Ryan Driver of the Silt starts so well, a delicate duet with Jennifer Castle that puts you under some pretty big false pretenses about the album. Alas, the album just crumples under a thick smog of over complex, overly downbeat and into a painstaking trundle through the tracks. The heavy-layered intricate guitar parts are let down by Driver's strange fixation on giving himself a kind of falsetto that becomes something along the lines of a whine. The guitar deserves so much more, at times its settles down into something acceptable, 'It's Nothing' is a fine slice of shuffling folk pop. But the stuttering and aimless 'Time and Trouble' takes an age to do nothing and topped off with the Mika-like falsetto, it makes for very tough listening. Lyrically Feeler Of Pure Joy takes a turn for the worse on 'That's Which Way the Water Falls' only emphasising the shortfalls vocally. Melodically it isn't much better, it sounds random and wandering, again its truly letting down the well constructed compositions.. Ryan Driver's solo project is not too dissimilar to his resident band, The Silt, which in a way makes this even more unfathomable. The psychedelic experimental sound of both is as much a struggle to work out as it is to listen to; it's difficult and incoherent. Maybe it should have stayed on the wavelength of album opener 'You Are Beside Me'. Rating: 3/10 MP3: Ryan Driver - No One Can Say Too Well