In the words of Crystal Dorval herself, White Poppy acts as a vehicle for her 'experimental therapeutic pop', and the self-titled debut is the first proper glimpse we get into her project. The British Columbian moved her base of operations from her bedroom to the Noise Floor Recording Studio in Ladysmith to advance to the next phase of her plan for what, until then, had been an entirely home-grown affair.

In truth, though, it doesn't particularly sound like that - lo-fi is the name of the game. Dorval has taken her cues from the recent slew of dream-pop acts to craft an album that, quite impressively, manages to express itself perfectly without the need for actual audible vocals.

Lead-off track 'Wear Me Away' was essentially unintelligible; Dorval's vocals swathed in reverb as gauzy production and buzzing guitars swirled around her to create something rich and intoxicating, but most of the rest of her self-titled debut does away with lyrics entirely.

Her voice is essentially another instrument, adding to the dazzling beauty of such tracks as opener 'Darkness Turns to Light' or the floaty ambience of 'Joyride', the latter guided by a simple and effective bassline that slots in perfectly alongside the pattering percussion and Dorval's soaring voice. A lot of the album is cut from the same cloth, luxuriating in the blissful space between ambient and shoegaze music, and it seems intent on carving out a niche for itself. However, it's far more than just style over substance.

With most of the album's 10 tracks hovering around the 4-minute mark, you can be sure that none of them outstay their welcome; even the 7-minute closer 'Existential Angst' is full of lo-fi pop charms and a wonderfully atmospheric feel.

White Poppy is a very subtle album, and it may take a few listens to start getting into it properly, but more immediate moments like 'Without Answers' (on which Dorval strikes pop gold) and the gently melodic thrills of penultimate track 'Skygaze' provide the most direct material on the album. Beyond its laid-back approach to pop songwriting, White Poppy's debut is an ideal start - give time to grow, Dorval's undeniable talents could properly flourish.