Oh Pep - Stadium Cake
First thing about this album: it sounds terrific.
Every string is where it is for a reason. Vocals are used in any number of ways to achieve different effects.
Olivia Hally's voice is wonderfully dexterous, full of emotion but never cooing.
It means Stadium Cake can move from warmth to urgency to sunken melancholy, often within the same song.
'Tea, Milk & Honey' begins with a sombre Lana Del Rey-sense of drama, only to switch mode to a harmonised and delicately plucked folk.
'The Situation' takes place over a 'Where is my Mind'-aping strum, but instead of breaking out in a manic Pixies epic, it builds into a satisfying pop swell.
The disastrously-named 'Crazy Feels' might be the best of the lot. It's lovelorn, frustrated and still heartfelt.
Lyrically, they delight in playing around with winding clichéd turns of phrase and grandiose similes - "my baby talks at a mile a minute, she sings like a church with a choir in it."
Then there's universal pop mini-anthems, like 'Doctor Doctor's' instantly memorable chorus of "I know what I want and it's not what I need."
Under the right circumstances, Oh Pep! could be one of the bands that nails that rarefied indie/mainstream pop crossover. It might yet happen.
Technically, Stadium Cake is a debut album, but three EPs and years worth of gigging means Oh Pep! is a pretty well-honed proposition.
The band says it's the first time they've used multi-tracking on a recording, and there's an argument to say there's too many layers in the mix on Stadium Cake.
Pare the thing back occasionally, remove a few strings and swells, and it would make the moments of emphasis all the more profound.
But this is an intricate, assured debut that bursts with moments of genuine pop joy more often than not.