Some musical debuts are coy and pedestrian, promising little; some are consciously brash, burning too loud, too bright; this debut from Stilte is perfectly pitched - a lesson in thoughtful composition. Le Van and Thevenet have a new, seductive sound and you can hear them figuring out how to use it. Their own emotional sketches sit easily alongside reverent interpretations of Corea, Mercer, Washington/Carmichael and Wilson/Asher. Thevenet's guitar and Le Van's voice speak together, finishing each other's phrases, breaking up and making up in the course of a tune. Some of the most thrilling moments on the album are revealed in the hidden harmony between voice and guitar - the tension, the energy and the complicity. The highlights are Stilte's own compositions. Running Away, Daaoutch and Tout Est Loin are particularly fresh; they demand - and reward - attention. Running Away sets the tone of the album with it's playful banter between voice and guitar; listening feels like eavesdropping on a debate between old friends. Daaoutch sounds like two performers having fun on the high wire in an empty circus tent. The soft guitar and sleepy vocals of Tout Est Loin evoke the night sky, reaching upwards towards the stardust trail of the comet in the song. Le Van and Thevenet wear their talent and their ambition on their sleeve, but there is nothing precious about this debut. They stretch themselves to deliver something just beyond reach; the few near misses are just as exhilarating as every hit. This is a showcase of emotional, creative music.