Glitter is actually Baltimore based three-piece Dead Mellotron's third album, following on from their self-released Ghost Light Constellation and Dead Mellotron. The band have always been centred around main songwriter and vocalist/guitarist Josh Frazier, but are now established as a trio with the addition of Courtney Corcoran and Aimee Bowen.

Apparently the planning stages of Glitter were problematic and a lot of songs were jettisoned. What remains is a 27-minute album consisting of just seven tracks, but the duration isn't important, as it has been carefully sequenced as a single piece of music. If you're aren't paying close attention on the first couple of listens you won't actually notice when each track begins and ends, which is impressive for such a new band. Track names are minimalist and unimportant, and none of the songs outstay their welcome – in fact some of them could actually go on for longer.

Musically, Dead Mellotron are a noise-pop band who aren't afraid to embrace ambient textures and melody. Opening track 'Stranger' emphasises this, as it is a rush of classic indie-pop complete with driving guitars and murmured vocals. It also manages to surprise you as it drops the pace after a couple of minutes to go into an extended ambient section which works as a bridge to the next song, 'Can't See'. This is the first time the bass playing really comes to the fore, accompanying some dreamy guitar parts which soon become noisy flourishes.

'Bye' is the longest track and is an instrumental, which begins with some warm and fuzzy guitar ambience, plays around with some shuffling beats then ends with a gentle piano coda. This makes the actual naming and numbering of tracks seem superfluous, as 'Bye' manages to sound like three distinct songs in the space of five minutes, yet it is impossible to hear the join.

'Making Up' is another dreamy pop song driven along by the bass line then dominated by some My Bloody Valentine style tremolo guitar. I love the way the guitar parts combine at the end of 'Babe' and lead into the gentle build-up of 'Oohahh' which is an excellent drifting tune built around a catchy, repetitive guitar part. Closing track 'Dying' is another favourite with its soaring guitars which use fuzz and tremolo to full effect especially on the closing passage.

It is a big ending and it further underlines the fact that Glitter is meant to be heard as a single piece, but it also leaves me thinking just how similar some of this is to Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine. It is hard to play music like this and escape from the giant shadow of MBV, but Dead Mellotron shouldn't be passed over as copyists. They have taken some aspects of their sound, but Dead Mellotron are savvy enough to realise that cool guitar sounds go well with strong melodies, just as MBV did, and Glitter is a fine piece of work in its own right.