At last the East-London electro darlings Visions of Trees give their listeners an LP to sink their teeth into since the band's creation in 2009 and a string of releases such as the fantastic Sometimes It Kills EP. For any unfamiliar with the band to give you an idea these guys sort of sound like if you throw R'n'B, techno, trance and pop all into a very dense electronic layer of massive synth sounds and out the box drum machines. Yes, so it's a boy/girl electronic duo so in theory you could say 'oh so a bit like Crystal Castle then?' but that wouldn't be quite the case. Visions of Trees do sound slightly like the Canadian duo but only when they are at their least abrasive in tracks like 'Air War' or 'Untrust Us'.

One thing is for sure Visions of Trees have some high expectations to fill. The one issue with this age where everyone can hear everything on the internet is that very quickly bands are hyped up and championed on the basis of a handful of songs and then crumble like the half-baked musical entity they are. Just look at the myriad of shortlisted acts on the BBC's annual 'Sound Of…' list that quickly fade into obscurity despite being predicted to go far. Hopefully the same fate does not fall upon the London duo following this very interesting record.

Before I'd even listened to this album, I was struck by the bands bravery of not doing the age old trick of recycling crowd pleasers from previous releases (such as 'Sometimes it Kills' or 'Sirens') and sticking it on the album's tracklist. 'Isolates' starts the album off very strongly with some moody synths and inaudible vocals that are distorted into chopped up vowels. I am sort of disappointed when it ends because at the abrupt duration of one and a half minutes as the song could have been fleshed out I am sure. 'Eternal Ruin' also gets me down a bit as, though it is one of the most interesting parts of the record with a great vocal sample and a panned gittery synth, just when you think the beat is about to kick following what could be perceived as a lengthy introduction the song stops! It's like the band are tormenting with me with how well they can compose a song but then take it away. I feel like a kid who can't reach the sweet draw.

One thing these guys do very well is write a damn catchy tune. While I don't always agree on some of their choices of synths, which can sometimes seem like they are using unrefined factory presets, tracks like the single 'Turn 2 U', 'Glass Rain' and 'Everything Awaits' have stayed with me to the point where I find myself humming along quite embarrassingly in public. While some music snobs could argue Visions of Trees' music is simplistic or unchallenging I don't see why music always has to be that way.

'With You' is a nice dynamic change for the band. While the philosophy 'less is more' does not apply to much of Visions of Trees music this is definitely the case here with the heavily filtered steel drum like synth and angelically crooned vocals of Sara Atalar. 'We're All Dust' pulls off a similar style to good effect and shows that, contrary to previous EP releases, the band can mix up their tempo and diversify.

The final track 'Endless Days of Youth' sees the band go all witch-house on us with a brilliantly haunting synth line and drum sounds I am used to hearing on Salem releases. I just wish that the spoken word bit was that bit more audible. The vocals are nicely mixed and wash throughout the mix.

On first listen this LP really did not bode well with me. and I spent most of it longing for a track like 'Sometimes it Kills' to jump out at me. But Visions of Trees have moved on from that and have definitely evolved musically. While this didn't album never blew me away, it is still a fairly enjoyable listen from start to finish, with not one track falling below the very high standards the band seem to have set themselves.