I’m torn. Should I criticize Twin Seas, a self-described ‘New Wave-Dream Pop’ band from east Los Angeles, for releasing their self-titled debut in a time of year when the hoodies and Halloween decorations come out, or should I praise them for making an album so deliriously fun and warm, it’s enough to make it feel like summer, no matter when you’re listening to it? Twin Seas doesn’t just have boundless energy; it also has boundless affection for itself and its audience. It doesn’t want to be something you put on as a distraction; it wants you to run away with it.

Like Wild Nothing’s Gemini and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s self-titled album, Twin Seas is an indie pop debut that might sound mannered on first glance, but doesn’t take long to charm. Neither did the band, it seems. Formed last year, they gained positive local press for their lively performances. When listening to this album, you get a sense of a band whose members sincerely enjoy one another. On lead single, ‘Alpha Pup’, an absolute earworm of a synth lead bounces along muted drums and bass. Vocalist/guitarist Eduardo Bueno finds the balance between mopey and callous in his tone, with help from mononymous vocalist Christol, who also injects some awestruck vocals reminiscent of M83, lending the song unexpected dramatic stakes.

Following the pleasing instrumental opener ‘Night Tides’ with its languid, shimmering guitar and chirping melody, comes first proper track ‘Surf Wave’, which has some of the best chemistry I’ve heard between two performers this year. Against sounds of crashing waves and a peppy melody, Bueno desires a place to park, a bit more money, and the ability to consistently understand himself and his partner; “It doesn’t matter where we’re going as long as we’re knowing who we are.” They’re not always singing at the same time, but they always feel like they’re together, and it’s beautiful when they share a verse or chorus.

It’s no coincidence that some of the best songs here prominently feature Christol. ‘Fujin’ transitions from Bueno’s rather disaffected delivery in the verses to a Christol-featuring chorus that sounds like the hero we need, but the not the one we deserve. "And if you’re falling, just feel the air around your soul," is belted with such gusto, you hope they got it perfect on the first take. ‘As Expected’ gives Christol the opportunity to take the lead and show off her apparent Cyndi Lauper fandom with delightful brashness alongside handclaps and bumping drums and funky bass courtesy of Carlos Canovas and Fabian Marquez, respectively.

None of the lyrics on Twin Seas could be described as "great’’ but it speaks to Bueno and the rest of the band’s talent that phrasing that reads clumsily on paper is it at least passable when performed. Few could deliver a line like “You’re hot and cold, but can I taste your soul?/ You’re leading me on to the depth of your bowl,” and not make it sound like an absolute catastrophe, but Twin Seas manage, transitioning into another lovely chorus soon after. (During a song called ‘One Ton Soup,’ no less).

Twin Seas gets off to such a good start with tracks like ‘Surf Wave,’ ‘Alpha Pup’ and the spirited ‘Machine Gun’, but it thankfully isn’t front-loaded. The further it goes, the more you can sense its shape as an album, not just a collection of songs. The last two proper tracks (before washed out denouement, ‘Morning Breeze’) accomplish this. ‘Shoes’ features a chorus between Bueno and Christol that’s realistic as well as heartfelt: “You know I try to always keep you on my mind.” ‘The Fool’ starts out with a minimalist psychedelic sound that could’ve been utilized more on the album, before getting to its rather direct shared chorus: “I need love” (emphasis on love). Even when this point has been made and understood, they still make the time to liven the atmosphere further with fun bass licks, chiming synths, and guitar solos. By the end of their first album, Twin Seas sound ready to turn multiple heads during early slots at outdoor festivals. Should they keep up the quality present here, they’ll soon be playing later times and to much bigger crowds.