For an album that opens with a song that reflects on the relative insignificance of mankind, the debut from Liverpool's Outfit is a remarkably colourful and upbeat listen. The band have only been together for roughly two-and-a-half years, but their sound has been in a state of almost constant flux since then. As a result of this, Performance is quite a diverse collection of songs. There's a good dash of Hot Chip mixed in amongst everything; if the jerky electro-pop of lead single 'I Want What's Best' wasn't a clear enough indication ("Just think of all the people you could become"), the quintet share the same sort of restless musical spirit that has propelled Alexis Taylor's band. A similar career arc awaits Outfit if they play their cards right. At its heart, Performance is a pop album, albeit one that's unconventional enough to appeal to the left-field crowd.

It opens with 'Nothing Big', which is fuelled by its aforementioned existentialist bent ("Can anybody hear us? We're nothing big at all"), jittery rhythms and an irresistible melody forming an ideal platform for Thomas Gorton's vocals. He works well when set against fellow vocalist Andrew Hunt, too; the pair's harmonised delivery on the infectious 'House on Fire' lends it an extra spark, and it's one of the most obvious candidates for single status to begin with. Its bridge marks the first particularly intense moment on the record, drawing attention to the rhythm section.

Drummer Dave Berger and bassist Chris Hutchinson are a key part of such songs as 'Elephant Days' - which picks things back up after the band slow things down for the R&B-tinged title track and the gorgeous mid-tempo groove of 'Spraypaint' - and the former's handiwork is all over 'Phone Ghost', which comes on like a more atmospheric Talking Heads.

It's a complete stylistic shift from the earlier tracks on the album, but the surprises are far from over, as it's followed by the purest pop moment on Performance. Outfit are fond of keeping listeners on their toes, but the highlight of the album is a big pop song, 'Thank God I Was Dreaming' - the kind of song which, in a perfect world, would be a hit. It's the sort of irresistible, hook-filled stuff that they made their mark with back in 2011 with 'Two Islands'. Speaking of which, the latter appears as the album's closing track, allowing Performance to end on a high after the last of the new tracks, 'The Great Outdoors' suggests that the band's sound could have changed again by the time they get around to releasing a second album.

Their debut's diversity is its greatest strength - it's enough to highlight the best qualities of a multi-faceted band, but is never disjointed. Their debut accomplishes everything it sets out to do - they've come a long way a short space of time, and Performance suggests this is only the beginning.