Nedelle Torrisi – “Don’t Play Dumb” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

In the grand Kevin Bacon game that is indie-rock, Cryptacize co-founder Nedelle Torrisi is the connective thread between Sufjan Stevens and Ariel Pink. (She appears on Sufjan’s new Carrie & Lowell and used to live with Haunted Graffiti member Kenny Gilmore.) “Don’t Play Dumb” — from Torrisi’s self-titled 2013 LP, soon to be reissued on vinyl under the title Advice From Paradise — illustrates that connection, landing somewhere between the digital distress of The Age Of Adz and the soft-rock bloodletting of Pink’s “Picture Me Gone.” In retrospect, the track’s processed, MIDI-esque take on synthpop feels like a precursor for the whole PC Music thing. (Btw, one of those background vocalists is Julia Holter.) For the video, Torrisi posed as a Target employee — and she director Travis Peterson were kicked out of Target twice while filming — who also watches Family Guy on her laptop and dances at the club all by her lonesome. Watch the mesmerizing footage below.

Torrisi is touring with Of Montreal right now. Dates:

01/13 Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon *
01/14 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall *
01/15 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive *
01/16 Orlando, FL @ The Social *
01/17 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
01/18 Miami, FL @ Grand Central *
01/19 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live *
01/20 Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre *
01/21 Charleston, SC @ The Pour House *
01/22 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger *
01/23 Nashville, TN @ Mercury Lounge *
01/24 Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews *
* = w/ Of Montreal

Advice From Paradise is out 2/17 on Ethereal Sequence/Drag City.