Perhaps it was simply the severity of Nedelle Torrisi’s departure from her dreamy, sweet and simple solo material, but the first Cryptacize album – last year’s Dig That Treasure – was met with a resounding thumbs down here at Wears The Trousers. Happily, the trio’s second album Mythomania improves on several of the things we felt were missing the first time round, swapping out an irritating obsession with precision for an enjoyable looseness that actually sounds as though they’re having fun. Hooray.
Standout track ‘Blue Tears’ might seem a little cheesy at first with Chris Cohen’s staccato guitar chords adding an almost cartoonish element, but it soon bursts into something cinematic and gloriously mournful as Nedelle’s assured vocal chimes in. It’s unconventional, yes, but at the same time so uncomplicated that it’s impossible not to feel a twinge of actual glee despite the melancholy subject matter, and unlike the debut you won’t have to dig too far down to uncover the soul of the music. Mythomania is released on April 20th through Asthmatic Kitty.