A London four-piece who have supported Los Campesinos! and Noah and the Whale and also played some of the best festivals around, Being There are a band who met at Manchester University, carried on with the band and carved themselves a niche in dreamy indie-pop. Breaking Away is their debut album, following a couple of single releases – and is released on the acclaimed Young and Lost Club label.

Shoegazing guitars set the scene for what's to come on the opener 'Punch the Clock', a song that is far gentler than you'd expect from the aggressive title. With a very nostalgic and warming feel, Sammy Lewis's tender vocals gently glide over guitars that recall the likes of Ride and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The song segues perfectly into 'Back to the Future', a song that clocks in at under two minutes and has the perfect mixture of Bluetones-style Britpop and the classic sounds of Teenage Fanclub. The song showcases a subject that resonates throughout the album – lost youth: "We don't talk to your parent," "We go back to the future just to return to the start." 'Breaking Away' closes the opening trio of songs and is more in your face than what has come before, it's very direct and it's hard not to fall for Being There's boyish enthusiasm as they talk about playing NYC and "being left behind, like some bad dream." The terrific, slightly humorous, vocals continue with: '"I guess it's now or never to grow up or to go back to the top."

The band's mix of humour and self-depreciation is showcased later on in the album with the opening lines of 'Infinity': "You talk to the owls, you talk to the sky, you hate your stepdad and so do I." This song, possibly more than any, makes sense of their Wilco-referencing band name. 'Tomorrow' continues this charming assault of catchiness with a sound that seems to owe a lot to early Charlatans with drawled vocals and chiming guitars – it all makes perfect sense given the geographical connections. Named after one of America's finest poets, 'Allen Ginsberg' may clock in at less than three minutes but is an impeccable tribute to a great man as Sammy talks about growing up singing: "Our youth was beautiful, more than you could ever know" and then packing a surprising emotional punch with the statement: "This one's for the lonely." Many of the songs seem made for festival performances and have a laid-back summery vibe that would most certainly suit 6Music's playlist.

As mentioned earlier, one of the strengths of the album is how seamlessly it flows and the way '17' runs into 'Silent Runners' showcases a band who have a maturity far beyond their tender years. That 'Silent Runners' brings to mind The Sleepy Jackson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with its country-tinged chilled-out vibes and talk of cherry bombs makes it all the better. Halfway through, there's an unexpected turn into the depths of psychedelia before going back to the charming pop that came before but twice as loud. The last 20 seconds appear to be taking place while an aircraft lands over a massive fanfare. Some of the album does just urge you to jump for joy despite the bittersweet lyrics, no more so than on 'Over Me' – where the band expertly pull out from a rousing section leaving you gasping for more, while also delivering the heartbreaking words: "Don't break your heart over me." The closing song 'Up' sees the band deliver the line: "It's alright to only want to be heard" – a good thing too, as the band are set to be heard by a good few more people in the months ahead.