Jack Ladder is making some glorious neon-and-noir pop built around his rich croon with the help of his stellar band The Dreamlanders (notable members include Donny Benet and Kirin J Callinan). In parts, ‘Blue Poles’ feels a little less studied, perhaps a bit looser, than some of his earlier work. But, conversely, this album is a little more melodic and approachable. With himself now in the producer’s chair as well, the backing is there to serve that voice and these songs. Some things are a little more windswept than the grimy-but-shiny city streets and alleys you might expect, although ‘Dates’ does nod towards Berlin-era Bowie and Iggy Pop in its insistent rattle.