Glaswegian alt-rock outfit LightGuides are a well known commodity north of the border, with slots at T in the Park and supporting Twin Atlantic gained on the back of 2010’s outstanding debut mini-album Past and Present. Listeners from elsewhere may be less familiar with the band, but this is about to change with the new mini album, Samba Samba Samba, being released on Alcopop Records.

Opening track 'War Horse' lets you know this album is not going to be your standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus fare, taking you in a myriad of directions before kicking in with a storming chorus.

The arrangements and variance within each track makes the record as a whole, and while a lesser band could make this seem cluttered or lack cohesion, LightGuides glue the pieces together with such stomp and verve that it works amazingly.

There is a bit more of a pop sensibility to this release than on previous outings, particularly on 'The Arts Factory', and the building chorus of 'Old Bucket Seats', but rather than feeling like a change in direction it comes across as another bow to the string.

LightGuides are at their best when they hit full tilt, letting Mark Cowan go for it vocally, and hitting the peaks that they have built up so impressively. There is a massive kick to songs like 'Colonel Crookshanks' and 'Bachelor Death Party', which has a sequence at the end where the riff rockets and the intensity explodes that it is massive. There might be only seven tracks on the album, but there are so many different moments that will resonate with listeners. The sum of all the parts makes for something special, and Samba Samba Samba should be the release that will see LightGuides take that next step into national prominence.