BAMBOO, the ongoing project from Nick Carlisle *of Peepholes, Don-t Argue( and Rachel Horwood *of Trash Kit, Halo Halo( announce their second studio album, The Dragon Flies Away. Vivid and deeply poignant, Bamboo-s music locks into a magnetic attraction between Horwood-s flawlessly resonant folk cadence and Carlisle-s pristine synth production. annya' opens the album in reflective mood with Rachel's mournful vocal and echoing banjo that gets swept up by flourishes of percussion and synth/flute vistas. lways Running' follows, living up to its name with its propulsive beat and plucked rhythm, building to a chase for Rachel's dramatic vocal turn. ike A Sparrow' is a beautifully realised track sounding as vulnerable and vociferous as a Kate Bush song. "He's got a path, it's straight and narrow, there's no flying off like a sparrow" sing Carlisle and Horwood resolutely in unison. ake Up Your Heart' delights in pools of pitch/shifted melody and primal vision. Whilst the final two tracks on the album embrace Carlisle's cascading synth lines as pure as ice flows, augmented gong passages and fragile yet impassioned vocalisations. Overall the album feels film/like with its ability to hold the listeners hand and lead them through another world never faltering. It's ambitious and heavy on concept without ever becoming overwrought, preserving its delicate personal tone and lush, spacious sound throughout.