A heady mix of North Devon sounds from cows mooing to trees rustling has been blended cunningly with elephant seals and deep space transmissions - amongst others - to create a truly unique music album of pop and electronica. It is the work of Renfro, that

A heady mix of North Devon sounds from cows mooing to trees rustling has been blended cunningly with elephant seals and deep space transmissions - amongst others - to create a truly unique music album of pop and electronica.It is the work of Renfro, that is, Tim Branney - who lives near Torrington and Atom-James Draper.Tim sings the songs and Atom sources "found sounds" and together they write words and cleverly make music from recorded fragments, resulting in the release of their debut album, Mathematics.It was recorded and created almost entirely in North Devon, so most of the sounds contained within and tweezed into music can be traced back here.The duo formed in 2005 from a shared love of electronic music and West Coast vocal harmonies, swiftly setting about pursuing their vision of "musique concrete," or electronic music composed of instrumental and natural sounds.While waving microphones at elephant seals in Santa Cruz, California, they wondered why pop songs could not be created using this technique:"We have tried to use as few synthesisers as possible," said Tim."We set about recording our own sounds, turning them into percussion and all the melodic elements of the album. Others who have tried it include Bjork, but very few have dabbled in this arena."Thom Yorke and Portishead are two comparisons, that fusion of vocals and electronics, but our sound is very soulful and it's not an indie vocal.Inspired"One of the reasons I moved to North Devon was to set up a studio here and be inspired by the environment."Soon the seals had joined an audio cast on the new album, which amongst its more bizarre components includes malfunctioning leads, NASA rocket launches, feeds from deep space, burning plastic and a host of wild animals.In short, Mathematics revels in lushly layered vocals residing among twinkling tunes that float on a sea of pops, clicks and melted circuits - a kind of electronic-alternative-gospel-folk for the 21st century!Mathematics was named album of the month following its release in Japan and has just been launched in the UK. www.myspace.com/renfromusicspace