The name Dutch Uncles has been bandied around indie clubs so much over the last few months there was a danger of creating a Vaccines-esque backlash before they had even put their fingers on the fretboard. But in contrast to the aforementioned precocious hype-sufferers, Dutch Uncles have a history slightly longer than the age of your average mayfly. The band members began playing together as long as five years ago, becoming Dutch Uncles in 2008. After an unexpected spell as indie darlings in Germany, releasing their debut album on Tapete Records in 2009, the Mancunian quintet signed to the mighty fine Memphis Industries and began work on their UK debut last year.

The band's self-titled debut, while only being released in Germany, was just ambitious, provocative and captivating enough for the ripples created in mainland Europe to reach our shores. As such, a formidable weight of expectation rests on the young gents' shoulders. It would appear they carry it almost effortlessly.

Title track 'Cadenza' is a pitch-perfect jumpstart to the album that follows. Their picky guitar work and atypical rhythms will be familiar to fans of Foals, and the high-pitched vocals will inevitably invite comparisons to Wild Beasts and Everything Everything (there's one right there for you). Single 'Fragrant' is reminiscent of the idiosyncratic leanings of XTC or Talking Heads, and throughout the album there is a familiar sense of trying to balance a zeal for experimentation with an instinct for popular appeal.

But there is a diligence about the group's approach to song craft that is all their own. 'Sting' manages to be both elegant and brutal in equal measures, singer Duncan Wallis's buoyant vocals riding atop a wave of plush strings and an undercurrent of rumbling bass. The masterful interplay between piano and guitar on 'Ocduc' is evocative of an instrumental ballet, a choreography of musical phrases. Dutch Uncles here have successfully grasped the formula that caught our attentions in the first place, refined it, stored it in a jar, shook the jar and then opened it in our faces. As such, the angular post-punk and jittery flourishes that characterised their debut are employed here with a more calculated approach, only whipping it up when necessary, allowing us to fully appreciate the bounty of impossibly catchy melodies to be found in each song.

It's impressive on many levels, but that's not to say it's flawless. Wallis's dainty falsetto is unfailingly solid, but maintains a largely fixed cadence throughout and never really cuts loose or falls back. In this way, his voice finds itself in a curious position of being overpowered (as in 'Dressage') during some beefier musical sections, while at other times lacking the necessary delicacy in softer passages to really melt hearts (see: 'The Rub').

Midway track 'Dolli' is bizarrely awful, coming across like one of those Lloyds TSB adverts that make you want to chew your own knuckles off; or worse, The Corrs. (When did it become acceptable to use those cheap "ah" and "ooh" choir settings on keyboards?) It's a now-customary mid-album "slow" track inserted presumably to 'break up' the flow, but it's such a colossal misfire of a song it almost throws the whole thing off course. Fortunately it's immediately followed by the sumptuous 'X-O' and is a confusing blip on an otherwise beautifully orchestrated album.

Cadenza reaches a magnificent peak in penultimate track 'The Ink', representing everything that can be great about Dutch Uncles: jolting rhythms, precision riffery, and an enormous capability for writing The Big Pop Chorus. Wallis nails it in one line: "It only takes my breath," he chirps on 'X-O' as if he expected it all along. We could just as easily call the album vaguely astonishing or merely amazing; of course it's breathtaking, what did you expect?

With a late April release date, Cadenza is being released at just the right time of year. With the glistening instrumentation and joyful tone of the eleven tracks on offer, it has "day in the park" written all over it. With summertime fast approaching, it will no doubt become the soundtrack to many a music lover's festival season this year. It's bold and bright and deserves your attention.