Robert Robinson (aka Sore Eros) and Kurt Vile were introduced to each other in 2001 for the silliest of reasons: they were born on exactly the same day, January 3rd, 1980. Whether the birth date bears any significance or not, the two have been scoring pieces together since meeting, but until now the reels were left unreleased and untouched to gather dust on the shelf. In what has been his most successful year to date, the prolific Vile and ex-Violator Robinson clearly felt that the climate was right in the winter months to release their debut EP, Jamaica Plain.

Brushes of arpeggiated guitars wash like slumberous waves, whilst breaths of woodwind and strokes of synthesisers celebrate a landscape which is as effortlessly wonderful as it is melodically astute. The title track 'Jamaica Plain' drifts in a minimalist fashion, with the most delicate of nuances gesturing toward themes which are barely suggested. The crude, understated drums exist on an almost subconscious level, allowing emphasis to interestingly play such a vital role in the ambience of the song: this is the EP at its most beautiful.

'Serum' signals a departure from the first strike of a delay-stained drum, and with the ethereal slurs of Robinson's vocal; it begins the EP's metamorphosis from intelligible guitar sounds to warm, androgynous, smooth warbles of synthesisers. The song passes so quickly but is the perfect centrepiece for the EP, developing into 'Calling Out Of Work'. The last of the release's three tracks leads us into a forest of indistinct, feral moans. Winds blow in the background and disconcerting tones unpredictably arrive and flee; it is the most solitary movement on the EP, and wouldn't sound out of place on Vincent Gallo's When.

This EP is the sound of two inspired yet isolated musicians pulling in the same direction to capture organic, simplistic beauty. This is reflected from the music's sporadic texture to the warmth of its reel-to-reel production. Jamaica Plain is linear in its nature; without many overarching themes or many reprised ideas, but rather continuous development. Watch it grow.