Having spent the last few years recording as one-half of The Boats, Andrew Hargreaves has finally finished his solo debut. From the opening notes of "Between The Left And Right Hand," the delicate tone is set, with simple piano motifs intermingling with digital processing to create a unique space. Space is an important element that runs throughout Defragment -- every sound is given room to breathe, designed to encourage the listener to fill in the gaps with their own emotional interpretations. Of course, there is a nod to his main work with The Boats, and certain elements could have been transplanted straight from their extensive catalog. The sound palette is, however, expanded to include label mate Danny Norbury, whose cello adds an extra depth to "Variation Is Repetition" and takes center stage on the heartbreaking "Confusion In Consequence." The final recordings for the album took place while Andrew was touring Japan with The Boats -- the influence is evident in the balanced simplicity of the compositions and mixes. Fans of Danny Norbury, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and indeed, The Boats should investigate.