epicsauce.com presents: Woodsman + Craft Spells + Melted Toys + Skeletal System this Thursday at Milk!


RSVP: Woodsman + Craft Spells + Melted Toys + Skeletal System at Milk

(note: Gauntlet Hair has canceled their entire tour, and will not be appearing)

Woodsman (Lefse/Mexican Summer)

Woodsman :: Insects
Woodsman :: When the Morning Comes
Woodsman :: I Can't Move

"Their latest release, the Mystery Tape EP, is drenched in the kind of sleepless, nocturnal dread you might feel while lost in the forest. Melodic figures repeat like mantras, while wisps of voices float in and out of these five tracks, left to dangle and remain unfinished." -Pitchfork (Larry Fitzmaurice)

"Woodsman pass deeply rhythmic Krautrock memories through the ambiguous gauze of recollection"-Altered Zones

"Prepare yourself to be engulfed in a syrupy haze" -Weekly Tape Deck

"One of the highlights of last week's CMJ came from the Colorado based Woodsman, who pedal a form of sturdy rock that is born out of a huge fondness for Nuggets era psychedelia and the drugged-out wailings of artists like the Walking Seeds and Spacemen 3." -Prefix (Nick Neyland)

Craft Spells
(Captured Tracks)

Craft Spells :: Time Lapse
Craft Spells :: Party Talk
Craft Spells :: Fog Rose High

"Happy to welcome California’s Craft Spells across the threshold of these pages and hopefully it’ll be the first of many calls if Justin Vallesteros keep churning out charming, blurry downer-pop doozies such as 'The Fog Rose High.'" -Transparent

"The duo of Justin Vallesteros and Frankie Soto, known as Craft Spells, bring a melting pot of bands to mind. It's a bit smart and Smiths-ish, it's quaint and vulnerable like a good The Cure song and it's undeserving of blatant referential criticism, but that's all I got on my mind today." -Impose (Blake Gillespie)

"…a soft-spoken, two-headed stargazing monster out of Northern California." -Weekly Tape Deck

"Two total charmers from Stockton, CA's Craft Spells, making their debut release with this 7" for Captured Tracks. It's tough to pick a favourite between them but i'll draw for the bright and jangly title track and its Smiths-indebted harmonic breeziness, placing melancholic (but not depressing) indie pop in the bright white light of California to sound a little like Toro Y Moi cutting about Oldham St in his best deck shoes. On the flip the nasal cadence of their vocals and red brick hooks make 'Ramona' sound like a slightly lethargic New Order, albeit with shy and skinny disco drum machine rhythms." -Boomkat

Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)

Melted Toys :: Lost Connection

"This trio makes razzle-dazzle pop with an homage to Ariel Pink's sound, especially in the distortion-laden vocals on the band's "Night Kids" demo. Melted Toys has recorded many demos, and all the practice is paying off, as the band is set to release its first EP on Underwater Peoples early next year. The band has sparkling beats and serenading vocals, singing of bad dreams and lost connections." SF Weekly (Michelle Broder Van Dyke)

"Melted Toys snuck up on us recently with the busted, buzzing new-wave oddity that is “Lost Connection”, a truly weird, sleazy subterranean pop jam that cruises along with some of the same slipperyness as Ariel Pink’s burning/rubbery Californian highway fantasties but sounds more sick than slick, as if it’s been bundled in the boot – contorted with cramp and stifled with heat, the rustling palms and endless rolling tarmac of the ride up top reclaimed in noxious exhaust-pipe fever dreams." -Transparent

Skeletal System

Skeletal System :: Dialogue
Skeletal System :: Long Exposure
Skeletal System :: Old Oceans

"Skeletal System’s self-titled EP is a delicate mixture of Cold Wave delights but the second track, Dialogue, is the one that manages to marry the worlds of Cold Wave and that low key 2-step that seems poised, finally, in 2010, to engulf us all." -20jazzfunkgreats

"Slow but rich, muted but textured, dark but dreamy electro with hints of New Order and Galaxie 500. Dig it." -yvynyl

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