So much for the sophomore slump here. Gallery, the sophomore release from Seattle’s Craft Spells, may just be even better than their first release Idle Labor this past year. While the band stays true to the dream pop sound that fastened hits like “After the Moment” and “Party Talk”, this EP brings that same style to a more polished beat and cohesiveness. On Idle Labor, the guitar at times felt as though it was leading the beat and pushing songs forward. The group has picked up a drum machine that makes all the difference. There’s a freshness, or maybe that the sound feels more alive, that I just can’t seem to shake from thinking about as I spin through the six tracks over and over again. My personal favorite song is the infectiously fun “Leave My Shadow”. Packing some serious 80’s vibes, the song features the best of Idle Labor’s uniqueness with the present sound of the group on this EP.
Stream the album below and if you like what you hear, you can pick it up at your local record store today with a pressing from Captured Tracks.
Written by Greg Dahman