The story of Mi and L'au reads like a fairy tale. Overwhelmed by their love for each other and music, French model Mi and Finnish music industry veteran L'au sequestered themselves in a cabin in Finland to record one of the most chillingly exquisite records of 2005. Produced by Swans' Michael Gira and released on his Young God Records label home to Devendra Banhart and other freaky folkies the result is not as idiosyncratic as its associations suggest. The couple trade vocal duties she with a soft but strong alto and he with a halting, vulnerable baritone. Ggently plucked guitars, mandolins and the occasional string section add lean flesh to sinewy songs that eschew the verse-chorus-bridge format in favor of more ancient poetic forms. If Lisa Germano and Sam Beam sneaked off to a Finnish forest to re-record the works of Nick Drake and Nico as 16th-century madrigals, they'd be lucky to achieve the same spare, haunting beauty. If the duo's live performance is half as arresting as its album, mass swooning may ensue.