A great debut album shouldn’t need to risk over-reaching itself stylistically. When you find a template that works, inhabit it. Don’t try to push boundaries that don’t exist yet.

Cagework have their brief down; they wear it like a favourite hoodie. It’s unflashy, and it goes with everything. They also know exactly how long it will take to draw your attention; just over sixteen minutes should suffice.

With some of the bounce of The Breeders and a wonky rhythm section that keeps it free and kinetic throughout, this short debut album (released via Physical Education, home of Mastersystem and Minor Victories) is built around an intensely satisfying melodic core. ‘Valuables’, the black sheep of the record, does that Sebadoh thing of riding a lovely melody across four chords, backed by a little classical beauty. Otherwise, it’s all BMX jumps and sudden brick wall collisions.

So lead single ‘Wilson’, clocking just 1:45, exerts more sweaty exuberance than many longer, less focused rockers. The old quiet-quiet-loud structure of The Pixies is something of a template, with vocals and drums herded into scrum-like formations that slice of any extraneous matter, reducing the whole thing down to a gorgeously brief précis. Even vocal melodies are given short shrift on the chunky post hardcore ‘Modesty’.

Only ‘Trust’ allows some breathing space in between the jagged pop, delivering the album’s most inspired melody in a chorus that swings out of the leftfield and pushes the whole thing closer to The Cure. It’s a signal of the formal discipline of the record that there isn’t a guitar solo or drum break to speak of anywhere. The relatively bloated ‘Eileen’ (a shockingly self-indulgent 3 minutes and 30 seconds) fulfils the necessary role of all track twos throughout history as being probably the best thing on the whole collection.

If you’re going to make a statement on your debut album, make it as clear as possible. That means delivering something that you can trot out perfectly in a live setting, however sonically complex. I remember the first time I watched Pulp Fiction as a 15 year old, taped off the TV, I reached the end and immediately rewound back to the beginning and watched it again. That kind of immediacy is rare.

Cagework have a story, and they’re sticking to it. A couple of years into their career and they’ve already delivered an emphatic justification for their existence. And it will take about as much of your time to fall in love with as you’d put into cooking a pizza.