Craft Spells @ Glasslands Gallery, 9/24/12


Dance mode was in full gears at Glasslands, on a Monday night no less, as San Fran synth rockers, Craft Spells, toured through NYC. Their tunes brought a nice group and atmosphere to the always chill Brooklyn venue. Additionally, a good support bill helped make this a fun show for a group of young acts.

First opener was a promising local group of indie rockers named Ski Lodge. I definitely detect some surf and pop vibes too. The band is the project of Brooklyn local, Andrew Marr. They have a self titled EP out currently, and seek to release an album early next year. This is definitely a band that could make some waves in 2013 if they play their cards right.

Ice Choir was second, another local act. I’d classify them in that nu disco/synthpop sweet spot that always gets me. Though their set started out cold as ice, eventually the audience warmed up and got a good groove going. They have one LP out, Afar. An odd musing on them: Listening to their music makes me think of the sort of soundtrack one would hear in a nineties anime. It’s a pleasant sort of nostalgia for sure.

After releasing their debut album last year, Idle Labor, Craft Spells followed up recently with the Gallery EP. Both offerings have a solid amount of upbeat, danceable music. Only a recent discovery, they’ve quickly found a spot in my heart with their dream pop channeling melodies. I’m looking forward to future performances by these guys.

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