It's been said that musical trends go in circles, so even the very least observant amongst you will have noticed the penchant for 80s synths that many current pop acts seem to have acquired in recent months – Chad Valley, The Sound of Arrows, Jessie Ware are just a handful of particularly apt examples.

With this in mind, it's particularly refreshing to chance upon an act that draws as imaginatively from the best of 90s Britpop as it does from psychedelic 60s music, and those 80s tones that have been creeping back into the mainstream for a while now.

Ducktails' most recent LP, The Flower Lane, at times smacks of jolly, La's-inspired, mellow acoustic-driven alternarock, and at others its synths, smooth solos and spiralling basslines suggest influences more akin to Jefferson Airplane.

Ducktails is, supposedly, the solo bedroom project of Matt Mondanlie of Real Estate fame. However, for the soloist's fourth release (and first with Domino) Mondanlie has drafted in the creative talents of several collaborators including Madeline Follin from Cults, Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin and Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never.

Further to these relatively big hitters, Mondanile drafted the creative talents of New Jersey duo Big Trouble to provide support across the entire album. These extra hands, combined with an actual recording studio and backing from Domino, have been instrumental in cleaning up and refining Ducktails' sound, making it much more palatable, particularly when compared to previous releases.

Whilst refreshing and, at times, gorgeously nostalgic The Flower Lane isn't without its faults. Occasionally you get the sense that Mondanlie built the Ducktails' sound around a much more rustic production and occasionally the album lacks the character found on previous material. This, however, is a fleeting criticism against an album which is otherwise consistently pleasing.

Highlights come from 'Assistant Director', which ably marries Ducktails' quirkiness with musical intrigue, and 'Under Cover', which, aside from sounding like a distant relative of Whitest Boy Alive’s (remember them?) 'Golden Cage', pretty much captures the album's pleasantly cheesy romantic side perfectly. As the album draws to a close, 'Kiss Picasso' steals the limelight with a gorgeous vocal duet.

Strolling off into the distance, 'Academy Avenue' is The Flower Lane's closer and the biggest throwback to Ducktails albums-past. Lo-fi, imperfect and picturesque, Mondanlie ends on a wistful high.