After the breakup of Dear Dead Delila and in the same general timeframe as his collaboration with Robbie Cook as Polystyrene (see Spanking Kate), Randall Rhodes formed the experimental Mangrove project (the name inspired by a Monty Python sketch). The blueprint was to write and record more-basic but still unique material different from his earlier projects using only drum machine and bass guitar (through a variety of effects), supplemented with lyrics from outside writers and vocals from outside vocalists. He got as far as laying down music demos of a dozen or so tracks and adding his own 'temporary' vocals to a few, before abandoning the project and focusing his free-time musical pursuits to the still-unreleased "Nevermoor" project.
1 track from the Mangrove sessions, "Ivory Tower" (with lyrics written by his brother Scott), was later re-recorded in 2006 under the name Dear Dead Delila (misguidedly meant to be a separate project from the band of the same name) for the "6.6.6" EP. The other recordings remained unreleased, and were largely forgotten until Rhodes set upon the task of putting together digital mixes of Dear Dead Delila and Spanking Kate material. Upon rediscovering these recordings, he decided to license to Print-Through five of the better tracks (including the original recording of "Ivory Tower"), supplemented by a 1999 Spanking Kate outtake as the EPs 'title' track, under his current Nun the Wiser moniker.