Craft Spells Live in Boston

WHERE: The Paradise  – Boston, MA
WHEN: April 25, 2012

When I first heard Craft Spells’ debut album, Idle Labor, the only thing that excited me more than the bouquet of flowers that adorned its cover was the modest press photo that accompanied the digital download–Craft Spells are the most unassuming and trendiest musicians that I’ve come across in a while. This trait stands out because their physical appearance sharply juxtaposes their sound: these 4 scrawny electro-pop partisans can erect some of the grooviest and ’80s-inspired synths that you have ever heard.

Their show at the Paradise was a confectionary gathering of dance enthusiasts with a strong disco pulse. The glisten from Idle Labor was in full effect as onlookers beckoned to every reverb as Craft Spells enchanted us with their presence. Movers like “Party Talk,” “After The Moment,” and “Your Tomb” swayed even the most dedicated (headliners) Drums fans. They also played songs off of their upcoming EP entitled Gallery, like “Still Left With Me” and “Leave My Shadow,” which stood as pretty solid material. After their performance, frontman Justin Vallesteros was sweet enough to indulge audience members in small talk at merch table. Craft Spells are inextricably talented, hardworking, and very personable–three characteristics that are guaranteed to make them the next big thing.

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