When Women went on an "indefinite hiatus" following an on-stage fight between brothers Patrick and Matthew Flegel in 2010, the hope was that it would only be a brief sojourn before the band got back together. With Public Strain they'd released one of the best records of 2010 (listen to this from their debut, and this from Public Strain); the Canadian four-piece's tightly-wound post-punk/60s sound pointed to them becoming one of the most important bands of the past ten years and they'd surely overcome sibling rivalry to go on and achieve greatness.

Although reconvening briefly in early 2011, all hopes for the band ended when brilliant guitarist Christopher Reimer sadly died in his sleep due to complications relating to a heart condition at the terribly young age of 26. Earlier this year The Dodos released Carrier, their new album and a tribute to the influence of Reimer who became a touring member of the band. Apart from that, we were left with no music connecting us to the greatness of Women until Patrick Flegel (kind of the band's front man) revealed his new project, Androgynous Mind, followed quickly by his brother launching the exciting Viet Cong. Evolving from a trio called Cindy Lee, featuring drummer Morgan Cook, it now appears to be just Flegel and Cook on their debut EP, Nightstalker.

It's just five tracks long, and two of them clock in at under a minute, but any new music from Flegel should be a cause for celebration - and there's a trio of tracks here which point to a bright future for Androgynous Mind. Skipping over 'Bobbi' and 'Good Friday', which are the sub-minute tracks and are a pair of shouting matches between Flegel and Cook set to a cacophonous post-punk racket, we get to the wondrous sound of 'Knock at My Door'; it's instantly reminiscent of Women as Flegel's droned vocals and detuned guitar - heavy with reverb as always - create a bridge between post-punk, swooning 50s crooning like Everly Brothers and 60s Nuggets cuts. It's also creepy as hell, unsettling and tense, like Flegel's best work. That track has the payoff by the end, whereas next track along, 'Juanita' just ramps the tension and forgets all about the release. It's all baritone guitars twanging miserably, with Cook providing the most primitive beat with her kit; there's a glorious chorus buried in there somewhere but the murk disguises it well. Final track 'Desert Corpse' is the most propulsive of the bunch, with Flegel and Cook duetting on a Sonic Youth-esque punk drone stomp carried along on a hell of a lot of nervous energy.

Nightstalker promises much; in less than minutes' music from Androgynous Mind it's clear that Flegel hasn't lost his touch, and with Cook on board we could be in for something special. Women imploded when they were on the verge of something great: let's hope Flegel doesn't make the same mistake twice.