At first glace the Swedish three-piece Simian Ghost is entirely unremarkable. They make the kind of noise infused indie-pop we've heard a million times before, and they named their album Youth, which has to be the least imaginative title for an album ever. However, Simian Ghost show once again that there's no need to be original or distinctive to produce brilliance. Youth is an album that arrives at a time when many are growing fatigued with basic guitar music of its like.

Simian Ghost's strength comes in part from their attitude. Youth may be a dull title for an album, but here it is an apt one. Each track shines with an exuberance that is heartening, reminiscent of bands like The Boy Least Likely To or The Leisure Society ('Wolf Girl' and 'Sparrow').

Aside from this, Youth is a collection of excellently composed songs, that are played with an assuring competence; the tracks are poppy enough to be instantly accessible and draw comparisons to bands like Phoenix ('The Youth'), but there's enough noise and jangle guitar here to keep Simian Ghost interesting. Vocals are laden with effects but still clear and listenable. The guitars echo and the drums are powerful and sprightly, but none of these elements seem to clash.In essence this is a indie-pop album, and it stays very true to that ideal.

Youth is a relentless assault of noise-pop loveliness, which barely puts a foot wrong. The main concern, however, is with the longevity of the album. Youth is a very immediate experience, something to be loved intensely over a short period of time. The album, perhaps, lacks the true quality to really be remembered. Don't worry about that too much though, because Simian Ghost are a band that deserve to be heard, and you will enjoy hearing them.