Widowspeak is slowly emerging as a band-to-watch this fall after a series of highly successful New York-area gigs, and this taste of band’s upcoming self-titled debut full-length, confirms that hype. Following two successful 7″ singles, “Nightcrawlers” uses haunting vocals and gritty guitars to create an atmosphere that pulls the listener in and keeps them there.
Craft Spells is the Seattle-based project of Justin Paul Vallesteros which can easily be called the lovechild of Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing. Like those pseudo-parents, Vallesteros’ Craft Spells have found a home on Captured Tracks, giving that label a superb roster. But more about the song. “You Should Close The Door” has the string of single-notes put together in riffs that has become a Captured Tracks staple, while also mixing in synths and a chugging bass line. Vallesteros’ distantly nostalgic vocal lines float on the reverb, becoming another instrument all on its own.
Grab “You Should Close That Door” via THE FADER right here. The Craft Spells debut full-length Idle Labor drops March 29 on Captured Tracks.
In other news, Craft Spells hit the road in early April for a month-long tour that hits pretty much the entire U.S., with two Canadian dates thrown in. Besides an April 9 date at Glasslands with Cloud Nothings and the Sundelles, Craft Spells will be touring with Beach Fossils, whose What A Pleasure EP just came out a week ago on Captured Tracks. This makes for a solid bill, and for those of us in the Baltimore/D.C. area, we’re lucky as the Craft Spells/Beach Fossils bill hits Ottobar on April 13 and DC9 on April 14, creating a cool and more accessible alternative to the Toro Y Moi dates on those same nights.
No, this has nothing to do with last month’s astrological faux debacle. Do you love the Woodsist/Captured Tracks sound as much as I do? Well you’re in luck. Pitchfork reported this morning that Zodiacs is a new group featuring this laundry list of personnel from those labels and friends: Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods and JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts. You may recognize the majority of those names from another “supergroup” that debuted back in 2009. Remember The Mayfair Set? Click through the cover art to head over to P4k to listen to single “Faraway Friend” and for details on how to score a copy of this one-time pressing of 1000, out soon on Captured Tracks.
UPDATE: Stereogum reports further details with a quote from Sniper that this is more than just a band, “it’s a studio project with a rotating lineup,” and apparently Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils are in on the action too.
My favorite adorably ramshackle punks, The Beets, are back with a clip for “Watching TV” that premiered on Stereogum today. Watch them as they sing about watching television and how much it sucks. To be specific, it’s about as fun as watching paint dry. So true. Bonus: if you watch to the end, you’ll know how to reach them and maybe your problems can be one of their hit songs!
Directed by Matt Volz, also responsible for their now-recognizable comic art covers.
Catch The Beets on tour in our neck of the woods, February 20 at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, DC with German Measles.
“Watching TV” is from Stay Home, out now on Captured Tracks.