Other People’s Lives is an album heavily influenced by several time periods, but most clearly by what might be termed the Talking Heads / Outfit axis – with Stats leaning on the latter (a fellow Memphis Industries artist) to complete a modern rumination on the career of the former.

That means-razor sharp beats and atmospherics on tracks like ‘A Change of Scenery’, perfectly aping the current indie dance milieu of almost-but-not-quite-slap bass and smoothed over electronic beats, with sometimes jarring vocal phrasing and arch charm from frontman Ed Seed. Perhaps inevitably, Stats’ own personality is less obvious in amongst all the retro fun.

But Stats’ debut is charming. It has a little of Clor’s nerdy funk, and if its poppier moments aren’t exactly ground breaking, neither are they unwelcome. ‘From A High Sky’ is a perfect tribute to the old gang of the New Wave. ‘Raft’ is The Human League – it just is. For much of its running time, and if you can forget that this isn’t a covers band, there is a lot of fun to be had. The album’s title, in this context, is bang on the money. These are other people’s lives, other people’s sounds, transmuted into Stats’ own songs. Living vicariously never sounded so appealing.

Ed Seed’s lyrics can be an issue, occasionally veering into Franz Ferdinand territory with long, awkward stanzas that reach vaguely for kitchen sink idealism but end up more reminiscent of odes to an artists’ shared house in Dalston. The worst instincts of art pop are here given free rein in a series of lines that aim for David Byrne’s self-awareness but instead often end up sounding annoyingly complacent. ‘Lose It’ is a stomping beast of a single, only thrown off by the overripe couplet: "Yesterday I realised that I’d left the back door unlocked for four straight days and nights/ I tell you, you can’t rely on anyone any more." But then, the melody shifts an octave up and it’s almost like The Wonder Stuff are being reincarnated as an actual, good band.

‘A Man Who Makes The Weather’ is like a John Lennon solo album track from that late '70s period when he seemed to be apologising to everyone (except The Beatles) about being a bit of a prick. It has the big, ordered chord changes and luxurious synth of 'Jealous Guy', its bold lead vocal and streamlined structure. Then there’s ‘Rhythm of the Heart’, the Speaking In Tongues cast-off that never was. As the lead singer himself says, other people’s lives; other people’s money.

This is a big, colourful album, sometimes overwrought, often entrancing. ‘From A High Sky’ shows off the often breath taking craft of it all – production that perfectly balances its archness; densely compact harmonies, cleverly chopped arrangements. I’ve listened to Other People’s Lives more than ten times and I honestly couldn’t say definitively what I think. It’s very good. It’s very familiar. If this is what they can do on a debut, who knows where they can go?