Guerrilla jazznik Bill Wells might be the most underrated arranger and melodicist this country has ever produced. Whether working with the National Jazz Trio of Scotland, serving as musical director for luminaries such as Yo La Tengo, Karen Mantler and Syd Straw, or providing the impeccable backdrop for fellow Falkirk escapee Aidan Moffat’s grizzled poetry on two exemplary albums, he is the epitome of imaginative, individualistic musicality.

Marking something of a departure, Wells’ new album is a compilation of reworkings of songs by Estonian groups including Pia Fraus and Imandra Lake. On some tracks he dispenses with 99 per cent of the original song and sires a new one, lacing his mastery of jazz chords and counterpoint lightly around melodies and vocal parts rooted in hazy dream-pop and shoegaze. The results are as blissful and poignant as you might expect, both alien and homely.

While this record is the definition of charm, it also adds to the exasperation that is a natural response to Wells’ ongoing position on the periphery of contemporary music in Scotland and beyond, an underappreciated outsider looking in.