Just when you think you’ve got Welcome to Low figured out, Akron band The Hipnauts switches it up, almost daring you to switch songs before one is finished. Even the title is misleading—the album inspires anything but a low feeling in the listener. From beginning to end, it takes you on a topsy-turvy ride of sound, with a blend of genres ranging from touches of punk, techno, and rock ‘n’ roll to indie and electronica. What’s even more impressive is The Hipnauts’ ability to retain cohesiveness in an album where every song evokes a different mood. Starting the album off with a pulse-racing tempo, “Run” is reminiscent of ’80s punk rock and is just as incessantly rhythmic. Throughout the album, the lyrics are few, but manage to get right to the point. For the most part, though, it’s the music that does much of the talking. The guitar melodies and riffs propel the songs along, especially in songs like “Pay the Hangman” and “The Perfect Woman is My Enemy.” Welcome to Low is a fun album that contains echoes of the past, but still maintains a sense of the fresh and new. And though you can never quite place your finger on what you’re listening to, it’s tempting keep listening until you think you’ve figured it out. The release party for Welcome to Low will be December 17 at Thursday’s Lounge in Akron. Tickets are free; doors open at 8.