THE CRAYON SET Lost Languages ★★★ Track Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

They may have gone into the stu­dio with the in­ten­tion of pay­ing homage to their Amer­i­can mu­si­cal idols (or to sound like ‘Tom Petty on LSD’, in their own words), but there is a pe­cu­liar Ir­ish­ness to The Crayon Set’s style. At times, the Dublin six-piece’s sec­ond al­bum sounds like a softer-edge ver­sion of 1990s bands such as Whip­ping Boy or Turn, with a healthy smat­ter­ing of twee indie in the mix. Their dual girl/boy vo­cals work par­tic­u­larly well on the sun­shine-dap­pled

Down About It, while the glam touches on At­tack and the REM-style jan­gle of Hand-Surf­ing tem­pers the down­beat melan­cho­lia of O’Con­nell Street, the only mis­step on a gen­er­ally up­beat al­bum. Fans of lo-fi in­diepop with a ten­dency to swing from “wist­ful” to “zippy” in nanosec­onds will find plenty to daydream along to here. the­crayon­set.com

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