Craft Spells “Party Talk”

By Emily Becker on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011  |  4,602 views

Dream-pop, Indie-Pop

Craft Spells “Party Talk” Craft Spells “Party Talk”

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The first few seconds of “Party Talk” place Stockton, California duo Craft Spells en ce moment. The wavy, retro melody could easily begin the latest single by Tennis or Summer Camp. After no more than a breath of 1960s pop, however, Justin Vallesteros and Frankie Soto move swiftly into a gentle, post-modern lullaby.

Vallesteros and Soto create an explicit groove, as intimate as it is incessant. Hypnotic backing vocals pair with a looping melodic structure that creates the perfect foil for Vallesteros’ vocals. He swallows his words as he sings them, which gives the listener the sensation of being enveloped along with every syllable. As he repeats the phrase, “falling for you,” he draws the listener down like Alice, in a free-fall through the rabbit’s hole. “This better not be party talk,” sings Vallesteros. He needn’t worry. The song’s tone is more “pillow talk” than “party talk.”

Mike Sniper, Captured Tracks‘ head honcho and the man behind Blank Dogs has an ear for fuzzed-out, melodic simplicity. He was an early backer of Dum Dum Girls (and collaborated with Dee Dee on the excellent Mayfair Set 12”)) before releasing an array of promising new acts including Beach Fossils, and MINKS. With Captured Tracks’ release of Craft Spells’ debut full-length, Idle Labor, yesterday, Sniper added another must-own release to his catalog.

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