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After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea. It's Craft Spells' second proper full length LP, and first since 2010's critically acclaimed Idle Labor.

Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area's music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a severe bout of writer's block he retreated to his parent's house in Lathrop, CA. Away from the city, he put down his guitar for a full year in favor of properly training himself on piano, the instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written.

The demos came together in early 2014 and Vallesteros flew to Seattle to produce and record the LP, full of ideas and a new found maturity in both songwriting and recording sophistication. Within the first few seconds of lead single "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" we know we're not listening to the same Craft Spells anymore. This is a bold, beautiful and lush new sound emphasizing the songwriting abilities Vallesteros always had. An album highlighted by loads of piano, real strings and acoustic guitar, this change is like the color coming alive in the Wizard of Oz. The beautiful "Komorebi" with it's piano chord progression and sorrowful string accompaniment emphasizes this newfound maturity and confidence as a writer that is the next logical step in Craft Spells' career.

Nausea could easily have been a record rife with indecision and anxiety. But like the song for which the album is named, Craft Spells was able to turn the chaos and disillusionment into a work that provides ammo against that very thing, with beauty, vision and melody.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Craft Spells Finds Their Sound 5 July 2014
By J. Hubner - Published on
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Justin Vallesteros makes music that puts you in a particular place and time. He goes by the band name Craft Spells but like many younger, shy songwriters he’s really the only guy making all that magic and putting it to tape. Idle Labor was Craft Spells debut for the Brooklyn record label Captured Tracks and it showed Vallesteros was a songwriter pulling from the early 80s alternative scene that gave us bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, and a much leaner Cure. Though Craft Spells sounded like party music for a bunch of kids with eyeliner and teased hair there was still an element of loneliness. As upbeat as it sounded, it still had the feeling of a guy alone in his bedroom making soundtracks to non-existent teen films. Three years and one E.P. later Vallesteros returns with one of the most lush and detailed albums you’ll likely hear this year. Nausea is a darkly lit record with the ease of a summer drive and the weight of a painful breakup.

The album opens with the title track and the first thing you notice is the absence of electronic drums and tinkling synths. This is an album created with a band playing together. Justin Vallesteros has assembled musicians to make this album live and breathe. “Nausea” moves and grooves slowly through four and a half minutes as keys create a dizzying effect on the listener. Vallesteros even sings differently this time around. His voice sounding not as low, he gives the vocals a much more lovelorn feel. Then you’re treated to the absolute beauty of “Komorebi”, a melancholy song that is carried along by a string part(possibly keys, possibly the real thing) and piano. Vallesteros’ voice sounds as much an instrument as the piano does, delivering melody and sadness as the exquisite jazz-inflected drums carries the song along. It’s a beautiful song that deserves to be played through the summer and fall on repeat. “Changing Faces” keeps the dreamy vibe going. I have to admit that this song sounds like something Justin Vallesteros’ label mate Jack Tatum would’ve written. Tatum’s Wild Nothing has a similar career path, taking a drastic and wonderful turn on his sophomore album Nocturne. While in no way sounding like Wild Nothing, Vallesteros has gone from a smaller concentrated sound to something much more lush and detailed, like Tatum did. This is a sound that suits Craft Spells sensibility very well.

Nausea is filled with little moments of beauty and detail, melancholy and grief. The Smiths haunt the track “Dwindle” like an unfulfilled ghost. “Twirl” bounces and shakes like the Psychedelic Furs on a sugar rush, and “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide” brings back a little of that 4AD and early 80s Sire releases sound Vallesteros perfected on Idle Labor, with some help from some great-sounding strings. “Still Fields(October 10, 1987)” closes the album on a beautiful and lilting note. It puts you in mind of bands like Tangerine Dream and another Captured Tracks alumni Thieves Like Us; in particular their excellent instrumental album Berlin/Alex.

I can only hope that Justin Paul. Vallesteros reads this at some point so he knows how much this album means to me and others. It’s a beautiful record filled with detail, mood, emotion, and heartache. He’s made a wonderful musical statement. A statement heard loud and clear by these ears.
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Craft Spells Kill It Again. 24 July 2014
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Craft Spells are one of the best new bands I've come across in ages. Their debut record, 'Idle Labor', was a fun, shimmery collection of 80s-New-Orderish pop while 'Nausea' is a statement of purpose--this is a band trying to carve out its own. And they do. Songs like "Nausea", "Komorebi", and "Twirl" have already become staples of my Summer rotation. Give this one a listen--you won't regret it.

P.S. I saw them live two nights ago and they put on a dynamite show.
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softly winsome, melodic indie pop 8 Aug. 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
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2nd release from Seattle via San Francisco band—softly winsome, melodic indie pop with a lush, string-enhanced flow that exudes liquid-smooth waves of mellow serenity to wash away your cares. Beautiful, relaxing, dreamy pop music with a gentle, rhythmic beat. Similarities to Wild Nothing, Minks, Donovan Blanc, Tranquility, Real Estate, Felt, Fleet Foxes.
Amazing Retro Pop Group! 4 Nov. 2014
By Jean Hernandez - Published on
I came across this group on the radio. I was listening to a college station and I shazamed the song, it was "Party Talk". Since then, I created on my Pandora a Craft Spells station. And I have to say, all their songs are amazing! Justin Vallesteros is The Man, what a voice and the groups beats are incredible!
Five Stars 10 Mar. 2015
By Jane Fujimoto - Published on
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