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A brief glimpse of his songwriting range before he heads off to record a new album, the mini-album Time of Dust finds Ed Harcourt moving between ornate romantic balladry (“The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays for You)”), Calexico-themed trip-hop (“Time of Dust”) and, best of all, a theatrically eerie nocturne that curls around the listener like tendrils of smoke (“Come into My Dreamland”).

Ed Harcourt

Time of Dust

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