Cryptacize Mythomania

Cryptacize Mythomania
Ever been transported back in time to an acid-fuelled hippy beach party populated by endearingly twitchy band geeks? No? Well, Mythomania is a ticket for that sonic ride. This prompt follow-up to 2007's Dig That Treasure highly refines while subtly expanding the polished quirks that characterize their compositions. Evoking the sophisticated pop songwriting of the '50s and '60s, with purposeful melodies, tight structures and tidy song lengths, while dabbling in subtle layers of bizarre effects and seamlessly integrating odd time signatures, Mythomania feels like a lost experimental pop classic. Former Deerhoof guitarist Chris Cohen's style and sound are very prominent and recognizable but here are applied to songs that are surprisingly removed from Deerhoof's sound while retaining many similar musical components. Maybe it's the level of professionalism and elegance shining through in Nedelle Torrisi's classy vocal delivery and crisp piano work — something rarely present in music this unabashedly weird. With little to fault in Cryptacize's grand coup of making the ambitious feel so intimate, there's only more to discover by taking Mythomania's wildly controlled trip again and again. (Asthmatic Kitty)