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Craft Spells' 2011 debut, Idle Labor, was a solid amalgam of airspun, gossamer pop tunes that stayed threaded, grounded, and in your head for days. Where things could have floated away, they stayed anchored, but with plenty of dreamspace leeway in the ether. Nausea follows suit, and some songs—like “Changing Faces” and “Twirl” (with its fabulous keyboard sounds)—bop and frolic like ’60s Merseybeat tunes, though still wrapped in a hazy shimmer. This time out, Justin Paul Vallesteros is writing with more focus in terms of pop constructs, letting instruments stand out in his sonic echo chamber. Piano is an essential underpinning on many numbers, such as the sun-dappled “Komorebi” and the charming “Dwindle.” Strings are essential to others, like the sultry “If I Could” and the surprisingly robust and propulsive “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide.” The guitars are both more lush and precise, and Vallesteros’ vocals are just a whisper stronger than in the past, and that's just enough. In essence, Nausea has a shade more clarity across the spectrum, and it shows Vallesteros on very solid ground with his beautiful pop visions.

Customer Reviews

New Craft Spells!!!!

I was caught off guard tonight with this release...happy to see a new album i bought it no questions asked. --Didn't even listen to the previews went right into purchase this band rules!!! Oh and ps, i'm no hipster, i just like grooves. Cheers!

much better than the first full-length

this album is super energetic and fun to listen to

Significant change in direction

If you're looking for more great sounds like those from "Idle Labor" and "Gallery" you won't find them here. Lots of toned down instrumentals and no more jangle. All in all, not a bad album, but totally inconsistent with previous works. Was hoping for another "After the Moment", but wasn't meant to be. Hopefully this new sound is a temporary experiment.

Biography

Formed: 2009 in Stockton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Toward the end of 2009, in a bedroom in Stockton, California -- previously known only in the music world for producing Stephen Malkmus' Pavement -- a 21-year-old Justin Paul Vallesteros began experimenting with simple synth and guitar lines, gradually layering them to create the sound that would become Craft Spells. Joined by guitarist Frankie Soto, the Seattle-born Vallesteros recorded "Party Talk," a smoky dream pop track that would first introduce the band to the blogosphere -- an important tool...
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