You May Now Enter The Psychic Temple

July 16th, 2013 , by

Out now on Asthmatic Kitty Records, Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple II is an auteurist outing with an all-star cast.

Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Schlarb, the Psychic Temple project brings together an enormous range of artists from the musical underground: singer-songwriters Ray Raposa of Castanets, Nedelle Torrisi of Cryptacize, Aaron Roche and Sufjan Stevens; Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens; Death guitarist Paul Masvidal; Xiu Xiu and Nels Cline bassist Devin Hoff; drummers Tabor Allen and Andrew Pompey; trumpeter Kris Tiner; and many more.

“Each one of them is a leader of their own project,” Schlarb says of his Psychic Temple lineup. It’s “an honor,” he says, “for me to be in charge for a little while.”

Psychic Temple II was recently chosen as a First Listen by, who said that Schlarb’s “restless creativity has no choice but to continuously seek new worlds” and praised his “unfailing determination to make things happen.” Schlarb himself describes the Psychic Temple project’s sophomore out as “the most ambitious large scale work for an ensemble that I’ve ever put together,” but the effect of the music is more important to him than its complexity.

“If somebody wants to jump into it on a songwriting level or a structural level, they can listen to it and say, ‘Wow, that’s really neat, these chords are really interesting,’ or, ‘These time signatures are jumping around,'” says Schlarb, “but I’d also like to reach them on a sentimental level. It doesn’t just exist to be difficult.”

Instead, Schlarb says, “I really challenged myself with this record, to write stuff that was a little more intricate and complex and detailed, but still allowed to live and breathe.” The result merges the sophistication of jazz or chamber music with an unpretentious indie-rock atmosphere.

Psychic Temple II is available in CD, LP, and digital download packages starting July 16.

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April 30th, 2010 , by

Photo by  David Garland

We imagine Cryptacize is still catching their breath after a whirlwind of touring last year. They played 94 shows, including touring with Sufjan Stevens, Fiery Furnaces, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), and FinalFantasy! Very impressive if we do say so ourselves. And somewhere inthe one show every three days ratio, they found time to stop by and play live on David Garland's Spinning on Air radio show for WNYC. Take a listen here.
But Cryptacize isn't catching their breath, they are still workinghard writing and recording new songs for an EP to be released sometimelater this year. We are also excited to announce we will be reissuing two Cryptacize related albums sometime later this summer. The first is Fast Talks, a 2002 album by The Curtains originally released on vinyl viaThin Wrist, the second is Nedelle Torrisi's enchanting Locksmith Cometh originally released on Tangram 7"s.
For you Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti fans, Cryptacize's Chris Cohenwill be playing guitar with the band for their Mercury Lounge show on May 4th.


September 22nd, 2009 , by

Photo by Aaron Olson

Monday night in Philadelphia Cryptacize and Sufjan Stevens began their tour. We imagine it will be very exciting as both put on truly terrific show. Unfortunately these tour dates are all sold out.

But fret not! Cryptacize tours on! On October 10th Cryptacize will trade in Sufjan and his pals for another set of Brooklyn-based musicians: The Fiery Furnaces. Together, along with Dent May, they will tour from Hoboken (Jersey not Georgia) to the always-sunny palm-kissed LA in November (with a little Canada tucked in there for good measure – cue the highway bound Zamboni, photographed by Cryptacize bassist Aaron Olson; by the way, Canadians: is it legal to drive a Zamboni 105 km/h up there? Amazing.).

It’s on Cryptacize’s own blog (replete with out-of-sight mixes and so-so funny pictures!) that we read with great sadness that this coast-to-coast tour may be the last chance to catch them live for a while. Don’t let the opportunity, and Cryptacize in your city, pass you by! Get details on this tour here.


June 22nd, 2009 , by

Having barely finished a whirlwind European tour playing with Final Fantasy, Mirah, and Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Cryptacize is now hitting their home pavement with an extensive US tour alongside Casiotone for The Painfully Alone. Touring in support of their sophmore release Mythomania, the band has filled out a little with newest member Aaron Olson joining Chris, Nedelle and Michael. Aaron and Nedelle met at music school a few years ago. Guitar is his first instrument but he was kind enough to switch to bass for Cryptacize. Most importantly, Aaron has black hair, hazel eyes, and is a sensitive guy. Be sure to catch them on the road. Check the tour dates here.

Also be sure to head over to Slowboy Records to pick up the newest offering from Cryptacize, their Lost Beauties & Easy To Dream 7″. This limited edition (300 copies) clear vinyl 7" can be purchased by clicking here. We think it is pretty awesome that the previous release on this label was a David Bryne/Brian Eno collaboration.


May 15th, 2009 , by

Photo by williac

Next week, Cryptacize begins a massive intercontinental tour. That makes today as good a time as any to recap and roundup Cryptacize related news across the net of inter. Let’s hop to it!

First, the goodies. Cryptacize has been planting little mixes in a couple of places across the cyberscape. We’ve done you the favor of compiling them for you. Mix 1 ("A Rainbow’s Revenge") is right here, Mix 2 ("Find Someone") is here, Mix 3 ("The Eternal City") is here, and the latest, Mix 4 ("The Edge of the World"), is here. Chris Cohen, guitarist of the quartet, has also generated a terrific little mix entitled "Awkward Shadow," available on Porch of the Mystics here. They are all good. You now have hours of listening ahead of you!

Ok, second, people are digging the new album, which is nice. David Bryne included Cryptacize on his April 2009 mix (here). Nate Chinen, a critic, at the New York Times listed Mythomania as one of his choices here. The ever-intrepid XLR8R said Mythomania is full of "pleasant pop moments." And Under the Radar used words like sharp, tasteful, deliberate, dynamic, and beautiful in their review. Thanks guys!

Speaking of UTR, they’ve published a terribly fun interview with the band. You can read it here.

And don’t forget their tour! They’ll be in Europe until June 12th, where you may be able to buy Cryptacize’s new 7", coming out on Slowboy (see here). Then they’ll barely have enough time to adjust their clocks before they’re touring in the U.S. starting in LA on the 23rd. See here for details.


April 28th, 2009 , by

Buy the CD for $10, or the LP for $12 here.


April 21st, 2009 , by

Mythomania, the second full-length from Cryptacize, is out right now. You should be able to walk into any independent record store and find it waiting for you on the shelf, as if each moment of Tuesday April the 21st guided you to the decision to pick it up, carry it to the counter, purchase it, and listen to it on the way home. 
Or maybe destiny guided you to this very World Wide Web page, where you may now proceed to buy the CD for $10 or LP for $12 by clicking this link right here.
Or maybe destiny has squat to do with it and you just want to hear a really terrific record with hooks that will sink in your skin. Regardless, we think you’ll really, really enjoy this album. And for a limited time you can listen to it all, for free, on muxtape right here or on our site here.


April 19th, 2009 , by

Chris Cohen of Cryptacize has put together quite a 19 song mix for The blog Porch of Mystics. He works Tom Zé with Meat Puppets. Of course, it’s great. So mosey on over to the Porch and download it here.
And don’t forget, Cryptacize’s new album, Mythomania, is due April 21st. You can preorder the CD and/or vinyl right here.


April 10th, 2009 , by

Mythomania, the second album from Cryptacize, is not out until April 21st. You can do three things about that. One: listen to the whole album, for free, on (thanks Muxtape!) right here, or on our website right here. Two: you can preorder the CD ($10+S&H) here, or the vinyl LP ($12+S&H) here. Three: time travel. Pick your poison.


March 31st, 2009 , by

Photo by Denny Renshaw
Do you see that guitar in the photo above? That is is Chris Cohen playing – nay, rocking his guitar. This is just a photograph, but you can see it live tonight along with Nedelle and the entire Cryptacize troupe on April 1st (no joke!), in Cambridge at TT Bear’s Place with Bobb Trimble (tickets here for $10), and Thursday April 2nd at the Music Hall of Wiliamsburg with Vivian’s Girls (tickets here for $15). Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti is at both shows, so why wouldn’t you go?

Check out all of Cryptacize’s dates, including those for an upcoming European tour, here.

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