Cryptacize, Mythomania and 3 songs for your enjoyment

by Landry on May 6, 2009

Cryptacize is coming to mesmerize with fun simplicity and trebly innocence.

Former Kill Rock Stars’ Nedelle Torrisi, Chris Cohen of The Curtains/ex-Deerhoof, Michael Carreira and Aaron Olson make up the band, who have toured with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Vivian Girls.

We are stoked to have Cryptacize come into the studio for a Live Luxury Wafers Session when they’re in LA in June.

In the meantime, here are a few tracks from their sophomore release, Mythomania (Asthmatic Kitty, 4/2009):

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Tail and Mane

Blue Tears

One Block Wonders

About the record, Mythomania: Tail and Mane opens the record with feisty effects that give way to entertaining high-speed guitar riffs and Torrisi’s smooth vocal nuance. Her voice and the elegant song styles bear an uncanny resemblance to contemporary, Eleni Mandell.  A rather dreary What You Can’t See Is follows, with Chris Cohen leading molasses vocals backed by frenetic percussion and guitar. Blue Tears is the single, with a hook right out of the gate and Torrisi singing from bottom of an echoey oil drum. The title track highlights Torrisi’s essence of channeling the purity of the ’50s, while atonal guitars ensure a modern and not-sappy listen. Track 5, The Loving Sun, is one of my faves from the album. It’s a little more sticky and less bouncy. Gotta Get Into That Feeling, another led by Cohen, feels like it should be the musical background for a kids’ sci-fi series culminating in the alien’s return home. One Block Wonders grooves on helium. The final track, aptly named Galvanize, floats – a spacey ballad ending – making room to digest the experience of the otherwise manic album.

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