Colored Emotions, the debut album by Minneapolis trio Night Moves, breezes by in just over half an hour, a run time that could seem overly slight if it didn't so effortlessly compliment the loose hanging music contained within.

Though it might kick up a few gears more than once and blossom into something a little tauter and more distorted, the overall feeling of the record is one of defiant calm. A song like 'Old Friends' is as endearingly earnest a song as you're likely to find anywhere on the current musical landscape, banjo twangs propping up vocalist John Pelant's assertion that "good friends don't need a reason why."

It's moments like this at which Night Moves sound the most akin to off-beat groups like Ducktails, moments that seem to sweat out a palpable sense of ease. Generally, though, there is a slightly greater sense of unease bristling underneath the appealingly placid surface. On transcendent opener and single 'Headlights' Palent sighs "I just don't know who I am," while later he pleas to a friend who "just won't let it lie." Granted, moments like these do appear amongst more plain spoken desires to "take a drive out of town, just to see a couple of friends" (as on the wonderfully hazy closing title track), but they add an extra layer of depth to a set of songs that could otherwise run the risk of getting a little too comfortable in their lyrical chill zone.

The music that Pelant's effortlessly alternating crooning and yelping tones ride over is Night Move's true ace up the sleeve, an at times heady brew of country lilt and more adventurous, stomping psychedelic overtones that take over as and when they're needed. It's a perfect complement to the slight, almost imperceptible lyrical tension discussed above. Aforementioned opener 'Headlights' pulls you inward immediately with an instantly memorable guitar melody and it's a sign of things to come; they are all over Colored Emotions, whether kicking doors down after an extended intro of countrified acoustic verse on 'Country Queen' or brilliantly overpowering the already exhilarating late highlight 'Horses'. They aren't all that's on offer here musically; acoustics strum and twang, strings occasionally swell, and Pelant's characteristic presence is never far. But sonically they are certainly what leave the greatest lasting impression after repeated listens.

Brief as it is, Night Moves' debut is full of potential; it may be a potential realised sooner than you think, given that this album was in fact released for free last year on the group's Bandcamp, despite only now getting a U.K. release on Domino. In the meantime though, its short burst of colourful psychedelic charm is enough; it's the sort of record you ought to spend a little time with anyway.