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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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  • NovemPortis


    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
  • davidoa

    They've apparently turned into Wild Nothing.

    23 Jun 3:14pm Reply
  • superfly299

    I have to agree. The new album is boring compared to the debut. Not at all what I was expecting. I for one much prefer the synths.

    23 Jun 4:34am Reply
  • skeletocat

    lame? they're both very popular, overrated and terrible and this kid who follows what p4k tells him to listen to likes both of them.

    23 Jun 2:16am Reply
  • iTylor

    @Skeletocat: I like that you like k-pop AND Craft Spells, but it's really lame to criticize artists like Lana Del Rey and The 1975, like what the hell.. k-pop is way more 'poppier' than both artists.. if you want respect then also show respect to other people's library...

    22 Jun 11:23pm Reply
  • lie_emalie


    20 Jun 3:31pm Reply
  • FrankyRey

    Yeah this is different than Idle Labor to say the least....not as catchy. Its decent tho. Not bad but not anything special really either. I could see how someone would think this is boring.

    19 Jun 7:39am Reply
  • skeletocat

    coming from the guy with only p4k approved 'indie' artists in his charts thats means nothing. ' U' need to try listening to more music. keep listening to lana del rey for shitty pop music and look down upon k-pop when it's in fact superior.

    18 Jun 7:40am Reply
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