CRAFT SPELLS PLAY THE PHOENIX FRIDAY APRIL 27 WITH THE DRUMS
Story by Kate Davies
Lead by the blissfully monochromatic vocals of Justin Vallesteros, Craft Spells are a California-based four piece who epitomize the current wave of nostalgic synthpop. Their debut EP, Idle Labor, was released in 2011 to high praise from Pitchfork, garnering a respectable 7.7. Now, with their second EP Gallery due out on May 15th, the band is set to take the indie world by storm. Starting out in Vallesteros’ basement as a DIY-project in 2009, Craft Spells have since expanded their horizons, becoming much buzzed about for their live show. Gallery‘s first single “Still Left With Me” speaks of uncertainty and self-conscious love while maintaining a hopefulness that seems to embrace the bloom of the coming spring. This spark of optimism is confirmed in second track “Warmth”, with its driving drum beat and violin-tinged production. With its infectiously upbeat hooks and tastefully-laid vocals, best track of the album goes to “Burst”, a road trip playlist’s dream. Mixing Beach House, a dash of Neon Indian, and a generous dose of New Order, this 6-track EP is a must-purchase for the spring and summer months.
Bonus: Craft Spells are playing a show in Toronto this Friday (April 27th) at the Phoenix in support of The Drums.