It's a testament to Panagiotis Melidis's creativity that he managed to put together 85 songs during the sessions for what would make up his second full-length album, the proper follow-up to 2009's Stitches. Some of these appeared on 24 Beats, 2011's mini-album, and some more featured on the nine-track Silent Congas, the taster released earlier this year to drum up excitement for what would become Years Not Living.

He also did an impressive amount of remix work, and made the switch from Lefse to DFA, so perhaps a better title for this record would have been Years Spent Working. It shows, though - the amount of time and effort that Melidis, working under the pseudonym of Larry Gus (which makes sense when you consider that 'larigas' is the Greek for 'larynx'), has sunk into his latest project is audible in every possible way.

The 10 songs which make up the album are dense and layered compositions, but their accessibility shines through. Imagine what dance music would sound like filtered through a breezy psych-pop lens, and you're halfway there. Lead single 'The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep)' is a particularly intriguing track, one on which Melidis is able to show off his impressive range, switching between a rumbling bass voice and an angelic falsetto almost at will as the song builds and swells around him.

The fascinating polyrhythms and melodic urgency of opener 'With All Your Eyes Look', meanwhile, serve as the perfect introduction to the bright and colourful sound that the album thrives on. The hazy psychedelia of 'Taxonomies' (a track which, at 2 minutes and 20 seconds, is far too short) rubs shoulders with the cascading melodies and chanted backing vocals of 'The Sun Plagues' in a way that comes off as incongruous until you realise that the album as a whole is all over the map.

It may not be the most cohesive of listens, but it certainly isn't scattershot; Melidis bounces gleefully from one genre to the next, displaying his lightness of touch as he puts together a dream-pop gem on the aptly-named 'The Ethereal and the Eternal', before venturing into more left-field territory with the percussion-driven 'Merely Today' and giving himself to the clattering rhythms and buzzing synths of 'Pericles', his pitch-shifted vocals creating an air of unease that sits at odds with the vibe of the rest of the album, but then again, what doesn't?

On paper, an album sounding as diverse as this would make no sense, and it sounds like a mess in theory; however, in practice, it reveals itself to be anything but, Melidis proving that he's a jack of all trades and a master of plenty of them. Years Not Living is an album that keeps the listener on their toes throughout, and is a thrill from start to finish. In Larry Gus's world, there are no rules.