Nausea


Craft Spells


Amoeba Review

06/09/2014

It’s been a minute since we heard from Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros. The story goes that after the band released its first album, Vallesteros tried to make it work in S.F.’s garage scene but ended up in a creative slump, so he moved back into his parents’ house and learned the piano. Appropriately, Nausea sounds like a bedroom record, somber and plaintive, with a hand stretched to the outside world. “Nausea” is appropriately dizzying in the way it layers its synthesizers and strange melodies over Vallesteros’ simple piano lines. On “Komorebi,” he seems to address his self-imposed isolation—“How was I to show for the time I spent alone in my head, the world nobody knows?” He seems to answer his own question with gorgeous soft-rock splendor, with infectious, Japanese-inspired synths and New Age guitars. Vallesteros picks things up every now and then—“Changing Faces” is an ace bit of summery electro-pop, and songs like “Twirl” and “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide” take some Smithsy guitars for a spin. It’s clearly the type of album its creator has spent countless hours fashioning, but these moments of letting go allow it to breathe and not become too insular. All in all, it’s an inviting, contemplative listen, and one that finds Vallesteros returning to the outside world with aplomb.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
Nausea
Craft Spells 04:29
2.
Komorebi
Craft Spells 04:23
3.
Changing Faces
Craft Spells 04:22
4.
Instrumental
Craft Spells 01:42
5.
Dwindle
Craft Spells 03:53
6.
Twirl
Craft Spells 04:18
7.
Laughing for My Life
Craft Spells 03:58
8.
First Snow
Craft Spells 03:01
9.
If I Could
Craft Spells 03:02
10.
Breaking the Angle Against the Tide
Craft Spells 03:49
11.
Still Fields (October 10, 1987)
Craft Spells 03:11

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