There's an appealing spirit of English eccentricity to James Mabbett's second album. Made in his home studio in the Pennines, it channels influences as far-flung as Brian Wilson, Balearic house and space rock, but still comes across like some loopy May morning pageant. Cosmic whimsy is the prevailing tone: "Guys Just Wanna Have Sun" muses woozily on bare torsos and summertime sadness; "That Town" lures a choir on to a carousel. But this record is also home to punchy pop, and Mabbett lets rip on highlight "Leaving Copenhagen".
Ally Carnwath writes on Africa and music for the Guardian and Observer