Craft Spells - Idle Labor

When I included Craft Spells in 18 Darks Bands To Watch In 2011, I mentioned the Seattle-via-California Captured Tracks signees were more summery and New Romantic than the rest of the artists on this list, but that crooner Justin Paul Vallesteros’ shadowy voice — sometimes an Ian Curtis-esque whisper, other times a confident croon — nails a kind of ’80s nostalgia that connotes darkness, even when bringing light into the room. See, for instance, “From The Morning Heat,” a song with warmth in the title, something cooler in its execution.

Idle Labor is out 3/29 (today) via Captured Tracks. They’re hitting the road:

04/07 – Stony Brook, NY @ University Cafe (Stony Brook University) *
04/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glassands ^
04/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
04/14 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
04/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas *
04/18 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House *
04/19 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
04/20 – Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labour *
04/21 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
04/22 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
04/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog *
04/25 – State College, PA @ Chronic Town *
04/27 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
05/01 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
05/02 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
05/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo *
05/04 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door *
05/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims *
05/06 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
05/07 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
05/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club *

* w/ Beach Fossils
^ w/ Cloud Nothings, Sundelles

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