Someone really should have advised Die Hard to pick another name. Aside from the obvious references to the Bruce Willis action series, a quick Google search for “Die Hard band” brings up several different bands. One is a thrash metal band, one is a New York hardcore band, but neither of them sound anything like this Die Hard. This Die Hard are an ambient Scottish indie act, like the missing link between Sigur Ros and Belle & Sebastian. Their sound often relies on shimmering keyboards and, when there is singing, layered ethereal vocals, and this is their self-titled debut.

When this album is good, it’s really good. 'Here Goes The Rage' is closest the album comes to a catchy song, and is a good example of what Die Hard are capable of. It almost sounds like folk music in places, with a delicate Scottish accent and briskly strummed guitar being buffeted by the otherworldliness of the keyboards. It’s a great song, but sadly the album leaves you wishing they’d made more like it. It’s not that the other songs are necessarily bad (though the trudging dirge of 'In The Garden' is a lowpoint), just that they’re so slight that they may as well not exist. I’m looking back at my notes, and there is nothing next to certain tracks. I just sat there listening to tracks like 'Shiver Through' and 'No Vendetta' and nothing came to me. The songs came and went, and it was as if they’d never been on.

That isn’t to suggest it’s a bad album. There are plenty of good songs here as well. 'Hands' is carried along on a playful, upbeat rhythm which is really effective, whilst the energetic '980C' kicks off sounding like 80’s electro-pop (more specifically, it sounds like Ultravox) before slowing down, like it was being played on a Walkman that was running out of batteries. Better still is the darker 'Mmmm', an instrumental that treads along with menace and purpose. It sounds like it could be used in a film to build up tension, its brooding presence quite different from the rest of the album. The problem is that at only 10 songs, totalling just over half an hour, Die Hard doesn’t have room for the number of songs that barely register. It’s not only that it’s half a good album, in many respects it feels like half an album.