Scotland-based musician and filmmaker Adam Stafford (formerly of Y'all is Fantasy Island) is back with a new album called Imaginary Walls Collapse on Song, by Toad Records, and it is truly strange.

From the lengthy opening title track, one gets the impression that the 31-year-old will be taking some risks on Imaginary Walls Collapse. The track, because of the repetitive loops combined with its overall length, is almost trance-inducing and boasts some pretty strange lyrics.

While there are a handful of really interesting moments on the album, its loop-based nature makes much of it sound formulaic and uninspired. Yes, songs that are built with loops like these will naturally be repetitive, but Imaginary Walls Collapse unfortunately seems to fall short.

Amid the repetition there are a few truly unexpected moments. The fuzzy, distorted lyrics on 'His Acres', for example, came out of nowhere, especially since the song was built upon really clean sounding vocals providing the rhythm. Similarly, the twinkling electric guitars on 'Cold Seas' really help the song remain interesting throughout.

The song 'Please' is immediately different sounding than the others because it isn't constructed from loops (or as obvious loops), and for that reason it adds a certain soulfulness to an otherwise mechanical sounding album. Because the song doesn't need time to build up, it simply just starts, and its multiple musical sections are incredibly refreshing. Stafford, who hits some really impressive falsetto on the song's chorus, blends his voice nicely with his female accompaniment (on this particular track, and throughout the album as a whole), and the moody electric guitar is a great touch.

In fact, there is a lot of great guitar playing on this album. From the early Bedhead-style riff played over some muted picking in 'Ghostly Arms', to the really intricate, twinkling loops of 'Cold Seas', it is clear that Stafford knows what he's doing when it comes to the guitar. His playing can at times be catchy or completely unexpected, and it is definitely one of the stronger aspects of the album. There are many moments on Imaginary Walls Collapse where I wish Stafford would just play his guitar rather than loop a phrase or two of it over his beat boxing.

It's not that the loops are bad - because they aren't - it just seems that this is a type of music that, while probably really impressive to see live, does not really translate well on a record. One or two loop-based songs would be a nice touch to an album, but in this particular instance, many of the songs start to sound the same. It's just a shame that the weakest part of the album also happens to be the most prevalent.