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Boomkat Product Review:
Following a small handful of immaculate 7" singles and appearances on every indie blog worth reading, Chillwave prince, Justin Vallesteros casts his debut Craft Spells album on Captured Tracks - and it's a joy to behold. Those singles were a scary simulation of Ian Curtis' tortured mumbles had they continued into the New Order era, imagining a lost future through the magic of downloadable software. 'Idle Hands' features all those single tracks (bar 'Love Well Spent', the b-side to 'After The Moment'), plus six new cuts, each as impressively sculpted as the last. As we inferred, it's like Ian got over his sh*t, moved to California and went all positive, creating an album of up, proto-baggy anthems dressed in the jangliest guitars this side of the Smiths. Essentially, it's highly recommended if you like Beach Fossils, Wild Nothings, or even Toro Y Moi.