By Miles Raymer
Updated February 04, 2015 at 05:53 PM EST

Cleveland’s Runaway Brother fits in comfortably with the ongoing emo revival—and unlike a lot of their brethren, they don’t seem to mind the E-word—but the cleverly crafted songs on their debut album Mother reach into some intriguingly unexpected places for inspiration. “Reprise,” for instance, has the snotty sugar buzz of classic pop punk, but incorporates complex song structures and multilayered vocals that you more often find in the work of Brian Wilson-obsessed baroque pop auteurs.

Mother drops Mar. 31 on the Tiny Engines label, and you can pre-order here.