The first album, so the old adage goes, you spend your whole life writing. You toss out the second one while knackered on tour. The third is where a lot of bands get a little more space to think it out; coincidentally, it's on the third album that a lot of bands end up setting the pattern for the rest of their career. Album 3 is sink or swim time.

Younghusband have decided to attempt a well-worn trick on their new collection - inspiration through restraint of circumstance. Recorded in "an old barn in Greenwich owned by an 84 year old artist and his clairvoyant wife," Swimmers treads water over its shortish running time, seeking gold in the simplicity of its arrangement and melody. On highlights like 'Translation' and 'Broken in Half Again' that pattern results in straight indie pop that breaks no moulds and bumbles along happily enough. Much of the rest of the album feels underdeveloped.

Euan Hinselwood credits his time with Meilyr Jones' band as inspiration for the album's tossed-off feel. Guitar melodies rarely extend beyond the anodyne; beautifully realised elements - the slide guitar on 'Paradise in the Rain', the weaving arrangements on 'Different About You' - are underplayed for the sake of consistency. The record feels like it could have been so much more memorable given some more time to breathe.

Swimmers is the first Younghusband record to have a shiny coat of production gloss slathered all over it, and it's an ambiguous addition. Where their debut Dromes was clouded by deep-lying vocals, the new album is impressively clipped and delineated - a step forward in form, but not always in function. 'What's Wrong' is powered by the kind of clarity that the band spurned on their earlier records, preferring a cod psych fug.

The problem is, these songs don't feel as fully thought out as the production around them. Earlier this year, Pavo Pavo delivered Mystery Hour a more ambitious collection of wonky indie synth pop. That record was rehearsed and slavishly detailed, and even when it played it safe on arrangements you could see the textures that went into putting it together - the skill of the weave. Each little element felt fully realised.

Younghusband's new record shows the band can turn out a great sounding bunch of songs and the odd moment of brilliance. If they spent longer letting their songs grow before unleashing them they might have produced something more distinctive.