It's easy to dismiss an album as drenched with feedback and distortion as Talk Normal's Sunshine as unsophisticated or artless but, in reality, the Brooklyn duo's sophomore effort is an extremely refined and stylish affair.

Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro formed Talk Normal in 2007 and within a year had self-released an EP, Secret Cog, which garnered a handful favourable reviews for its fresh approach to noise-rock. In 2009, their debut album, Sugarland (released on Rare Book Room Records), was applauded for its rhythmic intricacy, the way it handled thick, interesting noise and how it had built on the style of that first EP.

Unsurprisingly then, their newest release sticks closely to these roots, melding fractured rhythms, chanted vocals and that angry, sonic charm which has come to define the band.

There's a little more to this album than mere raucous post-punk, though. Hidden underneath all that noise are moments of brilliance. A blues rock inspired bass line drives 'Shot This Time' and dissonant lead guitars catch you off guard on the otherwise placid 'Bad Date'. It's just a shame that these moments don’t appear more often.

The lyrics further separate Sunshine from the pack. Rebellious chants are peppered throughout the album, which may on the surface feel banal, but the almost aggressive delivery, particularly on 'Hot Water Burns', emphasises the ironic intent of these clichés and underpins the duo's anarchistic ethos.

Register and Ambro work hard to keep up the noisey, experimental aesthetic from album opener 'Lone General' to the last minute of 'Hurricane'. Whilst this generally serves to build an incredibly consistent and coherent record, their unrelenting determination to achieve the same feel on every track does grow tiresome, burying some of the less noteworthy tracks and making some moments feel woolly, and indistinguishable from the rest of the album.

Sunshine is an excellent addition to Talk Normal's discography, but it occasionally feels as though Register and Ambro are too determined to fit their music into the mould they built for themselves; it's just not quite as daring as what came before.