Cryptacize’s debut, “Dig That Treasure,” is gorgeously befuddling. Built from clean, unpredictable guitars, a harp, some strings, sporadic percussion and Nedelle Torrisi’s pretty, sometimes haunting voice (and, later, what sounds like a slightly broken harmonica), the band seemingly intends to drive you absolutely crazy with unanticipated tempo, key and structure changes, but if you allow the songs to pass, to glide uninterrupted from start to finish, they reach a level of ethereal existence that’s surprisingly profound. It’s all a dream. Think about it too hard, and it turns into a nightmare. Ponder the odd beauty of “Cosmic Sing-a-Long,” with the nice vocal harmonies between Torrisi and guitarist Chris Cohen, and then let it go unquestioned. Is this cutesy pretension? Yes, but there’s an innocence here that’s flowery and, in turn, exhausting. Live, this could be moving or wildly infuriating. I have no idea. All I know is that I need to see it. (Tom Lynch)
Cryptacize plays March 29 at Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, (773)227-4433, at 9pm. $8.