Coming of age is a funny little thing. It seems to be an endless road with turns of bad decisions, constant red lights standing in your way, and second long thrills of faster good rushes. Cullen Omori seemingly bypassed these in an intoxicating mix of being frontman of Chicago's indie rock darlings, the Smith Westerns, long stretch tours and bus parties. Drugs, sex, and rock n roll.

Since their breakup in 2014, Cullen bounced from odd-end jobs to get out of the house and find who he really is, including a stint at a hospital when the sounds of the Top 40 drenched his creativity. His debut album New Misery is a woozy blend of upbeat pop sensibilities lined with distant vocals and edged with electronic frills. Taking you on a trip, psych guitars swirl into fizzy distortion that spins in a sugar rush. So dizzy you fall into a spell of confused melancholy.

Sweet and swinging 'Hey Girl' and swooning 'Two Kinds' capture puppy-love emotion with lovely harmonies and cutesy melody. Whilst opener 'No Big Deal' cocktails bold synth with a crystalline vocal that trills. 'Sour Silk' twists surf rock riffs and high pitched, almost angelic choral chorus. Cullen reflects with gentle instruments and uncertain falsetto, before shaping guitar into danceable rhythm. Each track is as welcoming and comforting as the one before, remedying gentle vocal and smudging haze and lusting hooks, just sharp enough to dig into the subconscious.

Latest single 'Cinnamon' pops with vibrancy and moves with subtle disco surges. To hear the words, you really must break past the intoxicating beats and infectious groove, and pin your ears back. The same applies to all, as Cullen's thought provoking and dark lyricism crawls beneath its music adornment, you must unlock it to really appreciate the contrast. To know what the letter to his mother said, or why his nose is always running. To know whether it's enough to just be happy, or whether it brings new miseries. Pro-love or anti-love, natural happiness or drug induced highs, liquid confidence or subtle shyness? These songs are to be interpreted by the listener. Is distortion the most peaceful place in your mind?