La Sera is sometime Vivian Girl Katy Goodman's new collaboration with filmmaker/musician Brady Hall, and La Sera their debut album. With twelve songs combining to make a 26 minute run-time you should know this isn't a prog epic or a worthy Magnum Opus, but rather a fleeting sun-beam of the perfect length to seriously brighten up your day without demanding you sacrifice half of it.

Opening track 'Beating Heart' is almost misleading in its atmospheric two-tone motif and the languid 'aaaahs' of the background vocals. The track is brought suddenly to vivid life by some gorgeous, sustained harmonies (and Goodman's slightly husky, very pretty voice itself) and a daydream outro that leads into 'Never Come Around'. 'Never Come Around' is in fact, and without a doubt, the highlight of the album. Effortlessly joyous and hazy, the melody is lying in long grass staring up at clouds on a sunny day, and the central guitar theme is dipping your toes into ice cool lake-water with your best friend.

At a perfect two minutes long and with another ten tracks to follow there might be worry that La Sera has played her hand too early, but whilst never quite reaching the same giddy heights, the rest of the album is certainly more sun-blushed than sun-burned.

Goodman seems intent on keeping her tunes short and all the more sweet for it, and whilst a little more rise-and-fall could help develop some of her musical ideas into more profound impacts, it's certainly a format that accentuates their carefree and blissed out nature. Guitar, voice, and sparse rhythm accompaniment is the holy trinity of this LP, and it's all it needs to be properly realised, refreshingly.

'I Promise You' dials down the pace a little to introduce some more wistful, plaintive harmonies but still steers well clear of actually feeling downbeat at any point. Indeed, this subtle variation is indicative of the gradation of the whole album; if you're not prepared to be dragged kicking and mumbling happily into La Sera's world of lazy summer afternoons then you might shy away from the lack of variety in mood. At times the arrangements' innocent simplicity can mean one track blends harmlessly into another also, but the moment-to-moment pay off of the wonderful production and Goodman's knack for hooks renders that criticism mostly meaningless.

The phrase 'not life-changing but day-changing' is probably already over-used but the snappy length and accessible, feel-good factor of La Sera really does commend itself well to plenty of repeated listens. With a little more variation, a little more testing of her obvious song-writing talent, La Sera could easily surpass the surfer-chick punk loveliness of her perhaps better known band. Here's hoping; and in the meantime, this is a fantastic winter warmer and I'm already excited to blare it out on a warm summer evening.