Friend Conor has been singing the praises of SF-dwellers Cryptacize for a while now, but I've been slow to come around, I'm afraid.
It's mostly a matter of expectations, I think -- I went into it knowing guitarist Chris Cohen from his work with Deerhoof & The Curtains and singer/guitarist Nedelle Torrisi from her solo, folkier stuff, so I felt a bit blindsided when confronted with Cryptacize's brightly-colored, sunshiny, yet still cracked & quirkily minimalist take on pop. The band makes me think weirdly of Raymond Scott's oddball cartoon soundtracks, but paired with heavily indie-sounding funky bits, weirdly tropical vocals, and Wolfie-esque cheer.
Which is no bad thing, once you can wrap your head around it. These folks now come off to me somewhat like children's music as made by people who don't actually have kids of their own but whom still somewhat live in a childlike world themselves. Check it out:
Cryptacize - "Tail & Mane" (Mythomania)
Cryptacize - "Cosmic Sing Along" (Dig That Treasure)
The band's playing tomorrow, Sunday, June 28th, up at Walter's, alongside local openers Wols & Ghormeh Sabzi -- not real familiar w/either one, sadly, but I've heard excellent, excellent things about both from various folks. Show starts at 9PM, tickets are $8.
(And no, despite the fact that the Cryptacize site says they're playing with Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, per CFTPA's Myspace, that's not the case; sorry...)
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