Review and Photos By: Summer Luu

ListenSD caught up with Craft Spells last Thursday night at The Hideout.

Beyond the hipster bar to your left and low-ceilings of the venue’s foyer was a stage about the size of my college dorm room. After two gnarly sets from Meishi Smile and The Bilinda Butchers, Craft Spells took the night into a different direction in the tiny, yet intimate, venue with their naturally hazy tunes, starting with “Komorebi”.

The audience collectively swayed to hits such as: “Party Talk”, “From The Morning Heat”, “Nausea”, “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide”, and of course, their hit single from Idle Labor, “After The Moment”.

Justin Vallestroslead singer of Craft Spells, had shaggier hair trickling down his face as his sang. Do not let his youthful features give you any doubts on the maturity of his voice. Vallestros’ vocals sound like a mixture of George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow and Ernest Greene of Washed Out, pulling from a vibrant but serene 1980’s dream.