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Craft Spells – “Twirl” Video

Last summer, Seattle band Craft Spells, the project of Justin Paul Vallesteros, released Nausea, a record founded on simple guitar/synth lines and easy listening. This summer, director and editor Shaun Libman made a music video for “Twirl,” one of the album’s highlights. The video follows a couple through their daily activities in a mundane way,… More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 5, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Hibou – “Dissolve” (Stereogum Premiere)

Former Craft Spells drummer Peter Michel steps out in front of the kit with Hibou, a dreamy new Seattle post-punk project that builds on the legacy of Wild Nothing and DIIV. The 21-year-old’s self-titled debut is out this fall on Barsuk, and lead single “Dissolve” suggests it’s gonna be a good one. The track start… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 1, 2015 - 10:35 am

Craft Spells – “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard the new romantic sounds of California’s Craft Spells, a group we included on our 2011 list of 18 Dark Bands To Watch. They’re now back with a new album titled Nausea and its first single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide,” which combines whispery vocals, mysterious guitar lines,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 24, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Craft Spells – “From The Morning Heat”

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 –… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2011 - 2:05 pm

18 Dark Bands To Watch In 2011

It’s not news that popular indie rock got a bit darker in 2010. Look no further than regular topics of conversation around here — Zola Jesus, CREEP, Cold Cave, Salem, Tamaryn, Blessure Grave, Locrian, Gatekeeper, Frank (Just Frank), Crystal Castles, Holy Other, Balam Acab, Minks, oOoOO, Silent Diane, ///▲▲▲\\\, anyone else who got labeled “witch… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm