Having already released two full-length studio albums, a soundtrack for a feature film, and even appearing in an episode of The Mighty Boosh, Ralfe Band are back with a new album called Son Be Wise.

The band is primarily the outlet for singer-songwriter Oly Ralfe, and his most recent effort finds him delving further into the distinct sound he has been exploring since 2005's Swords, but in a way that is far more accessible.

In 'Ox', the first track from Son Be Wise, Ralfe acknowledges the influence of traditional folk on his own music by borrowing lines from the old riddle "I'll give my love an apple without a core / I'll give my love a stone house without a door." The song is a great opener, and its driving rhythm sets the album up to be a kind of adventure, and in a way it is.

Towards the end of the album's first single, 'Come On Go Wild', Ralfe sings: "Yes, I bought a snake today and I left it on your dinner tray, / I'm going back to antiquity, you know there's no way forward I can see," and these lines almost seem to be speaking to the project of the album as a whole. First, the album is made up of musical non sequiturs in the sense that no two consecutive tracks really sound alike in terms of their arrangements – radio-friendly pop tunes might follow piano waltzes, or there might be something completely different, like the spacey, organ-drenched 'Magdalena'.

Further, on the subject of "going back to antiquity," if one were to happen upon Son Be Wise without knowing anything about it or its creators, one would have an incredibly difficult time determining from when (and where) it came. The syncretism of western pop techniques with almost eastern sounding melodies makes for a really interesting sounding album, which, while it might not be new territory for the band exactly, is definitely a sound they've cultivated throughout the years.

This barroom gypsy folk pop of songs like 'Dead Souls' and 'Hidden Place' exemplify the Ralfe Band sound without becoming a parody of it. The former even combines vocal harmonies in the chorus with an angular guitar solo that recalls Marc Ribot's contribution to Tom Waits' 1985 album, Rain Dogs.

On the whole, and especially in tracks like 'Barricades' and 'Oh My Father', Ralfe's voice is breathy and a little flat sounding, but this is not necessarily to his discredit, as it is difficult to imagine the album working with any other kind of singing style.

Son Be Wise will be sure to earn Ralfe Band some new fans while simultaneously pleasing those who are already onboard.