I absolutely love the nature inspired soundscape undearneath the glazed over synths in Sterile Cuckoo’s track, “Of Spring And Efforts.” That’s all it really took for me to have to start poking around his other sites.
And as I was listening to his music, thinking of ways to describe it, I smiled while looking at his interests on Facebook. Craft Spells, Summer Heart, Youth Lagoon, Balam Acab, Wild Nothing, Explosions in the Sky…I love his taste, and I think it seeps to the core of his very own music yet, he till finds an original spin on such an evolving genre. Check out Sterile Cuckoo’s album, メガネ！メガネ！, which according to Google Translate means Glasses! Glasses!
I think “The Weakest And Strongest” and “Stella” are my favorites, but as I keep repeating the album I find something different to enjoy.
I love when bedroom-DIY projects just blow up. Simply a couple of years ago in California, Justin Vallesteros started tinkering with layering synths and guitar lines that would eventually lay down the entire foundation for his group, Craft Spells.
Now, after the power of the internet and music blogs, Craft Spells has emerged from a solo mission to one with four stable members. Steadily making a name for himself, Justin harnesses an ethereal lo-fi sound that lightly glazes the surface of outstanding, tight dream-pop. “Party Talk” stands as a C.S. original; a stepping stone and a careful look back in the history of the band’s growth while “Beauty Above All” and “After The Moment” are products of their debut album, Idle Labor, that was released earlier this year.