With wild-eyed excitement, we present the final installment of our Room 205 episode with Craft Spells. For this fantastically punchy live performance of “From The Morning Heat,” director Monika Lenczewska and set designer Tamarra Younis used a combination of gravity-defying floating orbs, abstract light projections, and folk art paintings on plated-glass to symbolically convey Craft Spells’ nostalgic ode to the morning after.
Special thanks goes to Craft Spells for making this episode of Room 205 possible. Without their elegant tunes and boundless energy we couldn’t have done it. Thanks also to director Monika Lenczewska, set designer Tamarra Younis, dp Marcin Nadolny, visual artist Yelena Zhelezov, and audio engineer Jon Gilbert. In every sense of the word, this episode of Room 205 was truly an inspired collaborative effort.
Toward the end of 2009, in a bedroom in Stockton, CA, a 21-year-old Justin Vallesteros began layering simple synth and guitar lines to create the sound that would become Craft Spells. What began as an experiment soon became a vibrant world of elegant guitar chords laced over looped rhythms, heavenly synth melodies, and pulsating bass. When Vallesteros recorded his first track “Party Talk,” an outpouring of online enthusiasm led him to return to his native Seattle and flesh out a full band for the debut LP Idle Labor, released on Captured Tracks in Spring 2011. If you love Felt, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, and the beautiful monotone drone of Ian Curtis, Craft Spells might soon be your favorite nuevo-new romantics.