There's a lot to be said for taking your time, and the arrival of Sons and Lovers has been a while in coming, but it's finally here, and it's surprisingly well-timed. Usually, the strategy of a band who have seen their album delayed a few times, as was the case with this one - press copies were sent out as early as March - is to grow restless and rush-release the thing, or even threaten to leak it themselves, as we've seen the likes of M.I.A. and Wiley do this year (with the latter actually following through and later cutting ties with his label), but New York's Black Light Dinner Party) have kept their heads down and unleashed their refreshing salvo of astonishingly well-produced electro-pop at a time where they can inject some energy into the autumn. Anyone who's looking for a splash of colour in their lives should give this a try.

Such is the level of expert songcraft on display over the album's 11 tracks that it was presumed, for a time, that they were a supergroup of well-known producers hiding behind anonymity. The reasons for initially withholding their identities are much more pragmatic. They were brought together from various different projects after it was discovered that lead singer Jack Côté's mother had breast cancer - so they changed course and moved in a more accessible direction, making music to appeal to as many people as possible.

Côté's mother later passed away, meaning that their debut's title is poignant - and so too is its delicate title track, which closes the album on a melancholic note. One thread ties together the album's tracks, though - in different ways, it's all insistent and infectious. The buzzing synths and treated mandolin of 'We Are Golden', for example, are anchored to shuffling rhythms and impressively direct melodies.

Some easy reference points can be made: there's some It's Never Been Like That-era Phoenix cropping up on 'I Was Right', while 'All Around Me' brings to mind a more fleshed-out version of the Postal Service. However, BLDP are very much their own band, and Côté and his bandmates - Zach Lipkins (drums); Joel Friedman (keys); and Dan Stevens (vocals, bass) - have created an album that shows off their versatility as musicians and performers, while packing a seemingly endless supply of earworm hooks into 42 minutes.

The record hits its stride with the triumphant 'Older Together' and never looks back, its polished and impressively detailed sound lending it far more depth than the average synth-pop album; if the immediacy of songs like 'Lift Away' and the spine-tingling pop precision of penultimate track 'Small Boxes' doesn't tempt you back for repeated listens, the intricacy of the record as a whole definitely will. Sons and Lovers is a delight from start to finish - songs as rewarding as these are always worth the wait.