Northampton indie-folk bunch My First Tooth bounded into prominence back in 2010 with their strapping debut, Territories, winning them oodles of critical applause and many doffs of the hat. They found fame in heart-warming live shows and in their style of folk-pop that includes duelling male/female vocals and country-violin tints, distinguishing themselves from the drab, dour facets of other heavyweights of the genre, and infusing pleasantness into the scene. Where folk-pop is now a commercially viable landscape to pillage, it's all got a bit clinical – a banjo here and a flatcap there, et voila, folk – but where say, Mumford & Sons, are towering Perspex high-rises, My First Tooth are snow-dusted cabins in the woods. They’re familial, they probably smell of cocoa or pine needles and there’s a cosy glow in the music.

Back in December, we received the first cut from Love Makes Monsters, their second full-length. The track was 'Past Broadcasts', a poppy effort with pizzicato violin and sweet melodies lighting a beacon in the wintry final moments of 2012. The crowning glory in the song is the 90 second outro, replete with catchy 'da da da's and a wonderfully out-of-control saxophone crescendo.

The new album tends not to lurk in more acoustic folk areas – there are some deviations into the territory, but by and large, the record has a strong country feel to it. Not entirely, or perhaps even overtly so, but it could be argued that Love Makes Monsters is closer to Americana than it is to strict English folk. There's a lot of sprawling rock elements too, hinting at bands like Arcade Fire ('Hawk In Harkness') or the expansive illustriousness of Icelandic acts ('Monsters'). On the surface, things maybe don't sound too different, save for the more prominent country-rock feel, but every now and again your ears catch a glimpse of entirely surprising acts like One Direction ('Heartbeat Retreat') or Jimmy Eat World ('Past Broadcasts'). The record is chameleonic, morphing before your very ears.

'Small Crimes' is a bucolic bar-rouser, with easily followed foot-stompin' beats and chugging rawk guitar. There are hoarse yowls peppered throughout the track, and the result is awfully less clean-cut or 'nice' than the group let on to start with, with lyrics even discussing cocaine. 'No Two Storms' revels in buzzy bass, opening almost demurely with sympathetic violins, organs and pretty vocals. However, without even realising it, the entire track takes off like a 747, with acute harmonies drowning beneath furiously strummed guitar, strings and percussion pounding like Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Maps'. 'The Palace' is a folk-waltz, parading through the record like a slow-burning 50s doo-wop number with spiritual harmonies and Grease keys.

Love Makes Monsters reveals new aspects of the indie-folk foursome. They dabble in a vast array of genres fruitfully, sometimes almost entirely detracting from the folk-pop sound they honed on album number one, as they explore themes of love and relationships. It works well, and as a whole product, the LP is a gorgeous collection of country-flecked folk-rock; individually, each track stands out as indicative of a wider palette of sounds, demonstrating what My First Tooth are clearly capable of. The record is more experimental than it first lets on, but the result is a meaty album filled with teases of their future.