“Is the world strange or am I strange?” - this is the question Cosmo Jarvis poses on the title track of his new album. I think I can offer an answer: we live in a world where Nick Clegg is now an influential figure in UK politics, and Jarvis has a song called 'Gay Pirates' – they're both strange.

That's not meant to be disparaging by the way; 'Gay Pirates' (a viral hit earlier in the year, after gaining the Tweeted praise of Stephen Fry and John Barrowman) is easily my favourite song on the album, and one of my favourite songs of the year. There's no subtext - at least not that I can see – it's just a rather sweet love song about a pair gay pirates forced to walk the plank. It's just the right mix of serious (“But I'm yours, you know/And I'll love you still in Hell”) and gentle comedy (“You're my land a-hoy/You're my bo(u)y” - geddit?!). Being the kind of right-on, liberal lefty that I am, I'd read it as a bedtime story to my hypothetical kids one day. Though I'd probably leave out the bit about gang rape, to be honest.

It didn't come as a surprise to learn that Jarvis is also a film-maker, who's recently announced he's making his first feature film; because Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange is a collection of stories, and skilfully told. On 'Dave's House' Jarvis turns his hand to rap, and produces a witty, pithy, quick-fire monologue about the house that plays host to all manner of debauchery, and for bonus points contains the frankly brilliant line “Run free – like a squirrel in an oak tree”. Jarvis clearly doesn't take himself too seriously, and he comes off all the better for it.

It's not all pirate sex and drug fuelled orgies round Dave's place though – the title track 'Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange' is an ultra-relatable tale of a socially awkward teenager seeking acceptance before growing up and finally coming to terms with his “fucked up” personality (though if it's any consolation, fellow unpopular teens, a quick check of Facebook tells me that it's all the popular kids from my year who now have mortgages and work in banks, whilst I am an impoverished writer, so who's really winning?).

The music holds its own, too. The accompaniment to 'Gay Pirates' is a traditionally jaunty, sea-faring ditty that could tell the whole story by itself. Jarvis' cinematic skill also comes to the fore on closing track, 'What's Wrong With Betty', a ten minute epic that sounds like the soundtrack to a film noir set in a down town Chicago detective agency in the fifties (interpretations may vary. I blame the film studies module I took in my first year).

In short: bonkers, in a good way.