Emerging from the fertile Glasgow music scene of the early 80s, The Blue Nile were adored by the critics and ignored by the general public.
A shame because A Walk Across the Rooftops remains one of the great British debut albums of that decade.
Little has been heard of the far-from-prolific band since their last album, 2004's High, but frontman Paul Buchanan has finally come out of the shadows with a typically slow-burning collection of songs for the wee small hours.
Mid Air is a delicate album with a spartan sonic backdrop centred around the piano.
Yet, close attention reveals a complexity of subtle electronic instrumentation underneath that's at the service of Buchanan's hushed vocals and his gorgeously observed words.
The gorgeous Two Children reveals a poet's eye for detail while Fin de Siècle throws in some of the cinematic flourishes of old.
Sublime stuff and an album best heard through headphones.
Key tracks Two Children; Fin de Siècle
Day & Night