Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear.Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Still Left With Me” by Craft Spells from the 2012 EP Gallery on Captured Tracks.
Justin Vallesteros wrote the first Craft Spells song in his bedroom during the winter of 2009. Three years, three Eps, and an album later, the California dream-pop band have made a name for themselves in the blogosphere as the charming champions of bedroom pop. Led by Vallesteros and his soft mumble-singing style vocals (imagine Morrissey as a teenager), Craft Spells combine shy synthesizers and and jangly guitars to create a sound reminiscent of Joy Division and indie-shoegaze veterans The Radio Dept. “Still Left With Me” is a touching pop song about love that is born through time and circumstance shrouded in a dream-like atmosphere, making it perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
Craft Spells are opening for Dum Dum Girls at the Little Big Show #3 next Saturday at the Neptune Theatre. The Little Big Show is an on-going collaboration between KEXP, Starbucks, and STG to put on amazing benefit concerts for Seattle’s arts organizations. Next Saturday’s show, featuring two California dream-pop bands, Dum Dum Girls with opener Craft Spells, benefits NFFTY, National Film Festival for Talented Youth. For more information, head here and be sure to purchase your tickets here. For now, here’s their video for “Your Tomb”: