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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.
Being in limbo between the city and the suburbs, Justin felt actual nausea, added to by his admitted semi-addiction to social media and quickly found himself disillusioned. Vallesteros unplugged from that world as much as possible and completely immersed himself in the music (Emmit Rhodes and the solo works of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haroumi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi) and writing (the works of Mishima, for one) that would come to form the LP.
The demos came together in early 2014 and Vallesteros flew to Seattle to produce the record with engineer Dylan Wall. Teaming up on the recording with Craft Spells stalwarts Javier Suarez and Andy Lum, the band went into the studio and recorded a whole and complete work, full of ideas and a new found maturity in both songwriting and recording sophistication.


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  • samiskywalker

    Awesome band!

    16 Dec 5:39am Reply
  • BelovedArchon

    Really like Nausea, but can't help but notice the Wild Nothing vibes

    12 Nov 4:11am Reply
  • zwiecha

    sounds like nothing new

    8 Nov 9:22pm Reply
  • joshy0

    also, shouts out to that Central Valley! lol

    24 Sep 6:43am Reply
  • joshy0

    Nausea is such a huge step up from Idle Labor. The synth and piano tones on this record are so lush and beautiful, really makes every song a fulfilling listen. Much love!

    24 Sep 6:43am Reply
  • Machiventa

    new album is fucking incredible!

    31 Aug 8:55pm Reply
  • andreluisfonk

    Nausea me lembrou bastante a atmosfera do álbum "Days" do Real Estate.

    31 Aug 8:52pm Reply
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    16 Aug 7:01am Reply
  • Monovac

    Loving it!

    8 Aug 9:40pm Reply
  • tiagosec

    They've apparently turned into Wild Nothing. [2]

    8 Aug 6:41pm Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    I love the new album.....

    18 Jul 8:30pm Reply
  • lnsidetheline

    New album is boring. I wish I could like it cause Idle Labor & Gallery are two of my favorite releases of the past 5 years but I just can't get into it at all, unfortunately.

    14 Jul 6:00am Reply
  • Myxed_Up

    New album sounds fresher than the last one.

    13 Jul 5:07pm Reply
  • colderskin

    Love the melodies and textures of nausea. komorebi fills me with longing

    12 Jul 3:42am Reply
  • nateyomat3y

    "glad i cashed out and sold my idle labor vinyl for $80, new album suxxx" haha smart move cuz CT just repressed it ;)

    9 Jul 5:11pm Reply
  • musiikkionelo

    Nausea just grows and grows, what a beautiful and sophisticated album. I think it's his best work to date.

    4 Jul 3:06am Reply
  • skeletocat

    @ianrappp so do 'u'

    26 Jun 3:50am Reply
  • HassanRauf

    Was pleasantly surprised by Nausea. It's not boring at all, in my opinion. Definitely one of my favourites of the year so far!

    25 Jun 11:39pm Reply
  • ianrappp

    lol skeletocat u sound like an idiot tbh hahah

    25 Jun 12:50pm Reply
  • victimofkratina

    glad i cashed out and sold my idle labor vinyl for $80, new album suxxx

    24 Jun 8:56pm Reply
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