So we’re a few months late on this one, but don’t complain, because if you like your indie pop dark, you’ll love Californian four-piece Craft Spells. Their debut album, Idle Labor, dropped way back in March but we’ll excuse ourselves by saying that this record suits our current British summer perfectly: sunny at times, overcast for the most part.
Idle Labor is essentially dance music for a world of Morrissey‘s. All eleven tracks are crisp and dancey takes on the sort of summery gloom that The Drums and Radio Dept. do so well, from wistful opener ‘For the Ages’ to debut single ‘Party Talk’ and the pretty but pretty miserable ‘Your Tomb’. Evoking the C86 spirit of The Smiths and their melancholic company, Idle Labor is the reason nostalgia sometimes makes perfect sense.
From Joe Abbitt.