I’ve unknowingly fallen for Crayonsmith‘s second album Milk Teeth this week. It’s been streaming in full via Out On A Limb’s Soundcloud page for a couple weeks now and I’ve found myself returning there every day – and more than once a day too. Formerly just Ciaran Smith, Crayonsmith is now a three piece, completed by Richard O’Reilly and Wayne Dunlea. And Milk Teeth is a dense record, bigger than its predecessor, White Wonder (though ‘Lost in the Forest’ is still probably their best song). It’s supremely confidence, as evidenced on the opening trio of tracks, the latter of which, ‘Sideways’, sees Smith reveal that “it was stress to beat the rest, I felt a conflict in my chest”. Penultimate track ‘Swells’ features the line: “Darkness will come to you,” offering a sense of foreboding as the track escalates. The last 90 seconds or so of the song combine for my favourite moment on the album. At little over 40 minutes, Milk Teeth doesn’t overstay its welcome, rather inviting you to come back again soon. You will. Crayonsmith play the Round in Cork tomorrow night, Saturday, October 19. Support comes from Rory Francis O’Brien, onstage at 9.45pm, and the Great Balloon Race, onstage at 10.30pm (one of the best live bands in Cork at the moment). Entry is €8. Here’s the Facebook event page. (There’s a little more info about Milk Teeth, taken from the press release, after the jump, along with the gig poster for the Roundy. And there’s more OOAL news here.) You can buy Milk Teeth on iTunes, and it’s available on record too at all good stores.
Recorded between Cork and Dublin by John “Spud” Murphy at Guerilla Studios during 2012 and 2013, Milk Teeth lyrically and sonically focuses on a number of themes such as loss, fear, acceptance, humility and the importance of the love of family and/or friends in order for us to be happy.
Written in their practice room with a stripped back pallette of bass, drums, guitar and synth, the album is a more organic sounding one than White Wonder. Minimal overdubs were added afterwards for colour; the meticulously arranged songs being bolstered by patient mixing with a big emphasis on the texture of the vocals and instrumentation.