"Freedom of Things" - taken from the Soft Confidence album out 8 June - has a touch of Brian Eno's Apollo in its cavernous beginnings, a warping synth line travelling through dead space and enveloping the track's grace notes.

Around the track's midpoint as organ sounds swell, the ambience is punctuated by an analogue pulse, a signal from deep in the cosmos, a memory recalled from the past and given new life.

Pike has created something deeply melancholic with his new project, yet "Freedom of Things" still feels optimistic; like a throwback to the early days of space travel where exploration was all in the hope of finding a brave new world. There's optimism to be found in the expanse of Deep Learning.

"Freedom of Things" is out via Salmon Universe.