It's weird that tonality impacts so greatly on how music comes across. An abrasive guitar tone or a subtle, lo-fi piano strike often tells your brain more about the music that you're listening to than the actual combination of notes being played. With that in mind, let's consider Cymbals. The smooth, glassy synthesizers all over their new EP Sideways, Sometimes absolutely scream New Order and other such obvious new wave reference points. Because of this, it staples the band to a sound that's tough to break away from. Whether they want to plough any new territories is anyone's guess, but it could certainly make for some dull listening.

Lucky, then, that beyond the tired 80s sonic quality, Cymbals have the odd trick up their sleeve. The first proper song, 'No Bad Decisions' is genuinely exciting, with its rolling arpeggiated keyboard riff and super-high-pitched vocal wails, it'll get you dancing and leave you wanting more. The inclusion of some tasteful clean guitar leads here and there gives a nice, organic feel to it all, and manages to part the sea of synth just a little.

Also, the guy from Cymbals has a pretty weird voice. It isn't a bad voice, and he certainly isn't a bad singer – indeed, his piercing highs and trembling falsetto highs all over 'No Bad Decisions' indicate a man with great control over his voice – but his presence within the band makes their sound into something potentially divisive.

It comes across best on 'Intense Kids', a slow, kinda groovy number with lots of really-high-up-the-neck Mani-style basslines that lets him settle into a soft croon. On 'Candy Bar', another relatively relaxed, jangly little tune, his voice comes across instead as alarmed and urgent. Plus, he's singing about candy bars, so, you know.

There's probably plenty of subtle ideas on Sideways, Sometimes to keep fans of slightly-rehashed new wave synth pop entertained, but for me, there's little else to say that won't just sound mean. Probably best to just leave them to it.