Orbit is the new full-length collaboration of Helsinki producers Jaako Savolainen and Sami Toroi, otherwise known as Jaako Eino Kalevi & Long-Sam. They released their 2012 album, Totuuden Rakastajat / Amateurs de Vérité under that name before seemingly going into a relative hibernation. They’ve used their time wisely. Re-appearing under the name Man Duo, their new album Orbit is a varied collection of dreamy electronica that never overstays its welcome. It’s unapologetically sentimental but never feels trite.

The enjoyment of listening to this album mainly comes from how generous it feels. Not only do Man Duo keep the length succinct, with eight songs in under 40 minutes, they also work incredibly well with each other, frequently sharing vocals in both verse and chorus. Even when one of them has the verses to themselves, the other joins in on the chorus sounding like a friend come to visit. On opener ‘One Formula’, Toroi’s baritonal spoken word about “a glass of water with cucumber slices” (among other things), is followed by Savolainen’s airier tone joining in with his deeper one on the chorus. All the while, shinier synths mix with thicker ones and you realize just how well Man Duo have managed to homogenize different elements of their sound. They even spread the wealth to others, giving Sean Nicholas Savage the chance to show off his stadium-ready vocals on ‘The Middle’.

Even the tracks that aren’t performed in English, like ‘Ile’s Dream’ with its heroic synths and ‘Tanyan Teema’ (both performed in Finnish), and the intimate ‘Vanessa’ (performed in Finnish and Italian and featuring Cecilia Butini) get their message across and move seamlessly from one point to another. ‘Vanessa’, in particular, covers remarkable ground, starting off rather coy with hushed tones and liquidy synths, before feeling like a wonderful techno embrace as three voices coalesce above a swirl of synths and guitars.

On tracks like the swooning single ‘What If It Falls’, with its vaporwave synths, Man Duo are reminiscent of Tanlines at their best, without that duo’s unfortunate tendency for several helpings of bland filler for every knockout single. It helps that there are delightfully strange moments, like a chant of “push-ups, shaving, moisturizer” on ‘What If It Falls’. Orbit is a well-paced album of well-paced songs. That might not seem like a particularly revolutionary quality, but it’s refreshing to hear a pop album that isn’t stuck in one gear for the whole time or so blatantly signposts its transitions that you feel like you’ve heard an entire song before it’s even halfway done. Even a song like ‘Unter Vier Augen’, which could have just been a requisite instrumental track to fill up time on the tracklist starts off intriguingly with growling sounds, and gradually becomes a groovy techno wonderland. They also manage to close things out with a sense of finality on introspective closer, ‘The Boss’, which is permeated with romantic tension even before Savolainen and Toroi’s breathy vocals come through (not to mention Savolainen’s smoldering saxophone).

Not only does Orbit not overstay its welcome, it leaves you wanting more. I believe Man Duo could’ve rounded out the tracklist with another couple songs and the album would be just as good or even better. It’s no matter, however. Savolainen and Toroi have solidified the foundation for what will hopefully be even more enjoyable and multi-faceted technopop albums to come.