Psych pop duo Yeti Lane are clearly an ambitious band. Only the most ambitious would position themselves as the missing link between experimental Krautrock and British pop savvy by choosing a name from releases by Amon Düül and the Beatles. Unfortunately, given new album The Echo Show's frequent similarities to the back catalogue of Wayne Coyne's alma mater, they'd have probably been better calling themselves the Yoshimi Bulletin.

The meandering, ethereal seven minute opus 'Analog Wheel', gets the album off to an intriguing start. The first couple of minutes sound like Donald Duck being slowly strangled while listening to a meditation CD. Which is not actually as bad as it sounds. The vocals kick in around the three minute mark and from then on it's psych pop perfection as the track slowly builds to a cracking climax. It's a song that shows a band who are capable of delivering moments of pure unadulterated bliss but also guilty of allowing their ambition to occasionally descend into self indulgent smartassery.

The duo's better side is demonstrated on the album's stand out track 'Sparkling Sunbeam'. It sounds like the duo have ingested everything that made the Stone Roses debut album such a game changer and it should single-handedly derail the Madchester veteran's come back. Title track 'The Echo Show', which sounds like the point at which The Normal meets The Flaming Lips, psych pop gem 'Strange Call' and the simply lovely 'Dead Tired' offer further proof of a band reaching the heights of its powers. Unfortunately they go and spoil it all by gratifying their self indulgent side by throwing in odd snatches of white noise and including four nameless, throw away tracks differentiated only by the number of hyphens. Other than '---', which sounds like a Pink Floyd outtake from the Dark Side Of The Moon, the album would be better for their absence.

With a little judicious editing, a little less self indulgence and maybe even a little less ambition Yeti Lane would have been on to a winner. Despite moments of sheer brilliance like 'Sparkling Sunbeam' and 'Strange Call', The Echo Show doesn't quite hang together as an album. It's more like a series of interesting musical experiments punctuated by perplexing short and unnecessary instrumental interruptions.