Asthmatic Kitty, home to Sufjan Stevens, has made its name by releasing quirky pop music. The label’s latest release, from California-based Cryptacize, is no exception. The band’s debut is filled with droney songs that actually feel more like half-written compositions than full tracks.
The Shape Above, to name one tune, mixes traditional pop elements – infectious vocals, distorted guitars – with odd time changes that make the track feel as if it’s physically moving from a light run to a sluggish walk and back again.
The other tracks are similar, for better or worse. It’s definitely an interesting disc, and vocalist Nedelle Torrisi sounds a lot like Laura Barrett, which can’t hurt. But the minimalist instrumentation and constant build-up and tear-down that occurs in nearly every track make Dig That Treasure a frustrating listen.
Cryptacize hit the Silver Dollar tonight (Thursday, March 27).