Val Glenn never intended to be elusive. It's just that recording and releasing music - not to mention paying the phone bill - can be damned expensive.

Val Glenn never intended to be elusive. It's just that recording and releasing music - not to mention paying the phone bill - can be damned expensive.

Glenn did, however, hope to hide inside the comfortable static of low fidelity on the limited-edition cassettes, 7-inches and homemade CD-Rs that pepper her discography as Time and Temperature.

"I just felt a lot safer making really s---ty recordings," said Glenn, 27.

That doesn't describe "Cream of the Low Tide," the first widely available Time and Temperature record, released online through bandcamp.com last fall. The 7-song EP captures Glenn's gorgeous folk-pop balladry in crystalline clarity courtesy of production by Moon High's David Fowler.

Though some of the songs date back half a decade, their warm intimacy and occasional flourishes of lush orchestration are a far cry from the rough programmed beats Glenn was creating when she founded Time and Temperature in 2004.

"On this release they sound absolutely nothing like I could have ever imagined," Glenn said.

Lyrically she's come far from the "sappy kid" from Kenmore Park by way of Antioch College. Post-adolescent love songs gave way to reflections on the inevitability of life and death.

"There's so much excitement in the things you can't control," Glenn said.

On most of "Cream," frequent collaborators Sven Kahns (Deerhead) and Ryan Stolte-Sawa (Flotation Walls) accompanied Glenn and Fowler. That lineup developed a satisfying chemistry, but Glenn continues to play solo live, as she did on four lengthy tours last year. She'll take her one-woman show back on the road in 2011.

Locally, she'll play Friday at Kobo for Donewaiting.com's eighth anniversary party, joining a bill that also includes Phantods, Ghost Shirt, The Town Monster and DJ Funky D. So if you've been trying to track down Glenn, look no further.