When Mat Flint formed Deep Cut in 2006, he was entering a musical partnership not only with his fellow ex-Death in Vegas member Ian Button but also with his own wife and brother. While this may at first resemble a kind of very un-rock n' roll settling down by a musician tiring of twenty years' experience touring with various bands, Flint's London-based outfit maintain a healthily youthful exuberance on this second LP. Drawn out to almost an hour, however, their widescreen but somewhat formulaic shoegaze can grow to become a little tiring in itself.

It is clear right from a first listen of Disorientation that Deep Cut mean, by and large, to adhere faithfully to the familiar norms of shoegaze. The DIY production and mixing, which de-emphasizes vocals and is arguably a little too flat, may prove to be a hurdle to enjoyment for some. The songs themselves are rich with the fuzzy, amorphous guitar work would expect, with only a few curveballs thrown in - 'Out of Nothing', for example, makes use of a beat borrowed from New York hip hop legend Godfather Don.

While their grasp of the shoegaze fundamentals is more than solid, Flint and his band often put in their best performances when they are able to trim the fat from the tracks and build shorter pieces around their better musical ideas. In this vein 'Makes Me Wanna' is a real highlight, given a frenetic energy by Button's machine-gun drum work and an above-average vocal contribution from Emma Bailey, whose talents are a little under-exploited on much of the record.

Not helped by inconsequential tracks like the lumbering and ironically-titled 'Decision Time', Disorientation begins to drag severely in its second half, as it lurches rather than powers beyond the forty minute mark. The two six minute plus songs that appear consecutively at the album's tail end - 'Out of Nothing' and 'Another Look in the Mirror' - drain a little energy and evoke a not entirely justified sensation that Deep Cut have outstayed their welcome. Ultimately only intermittently engaging except for shoegaze diehards, Disorientation is intriguing but less than essential.