I first time I heard about Stockton California band Craft Spells was in concert actually. I was seeing The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at a show here in St Louis and Craft Spells were opening. My initial impression was how young the band is. Not just in terms of the age of the members, but also their music. There is something entirely precocious and innocent with Craft Spells’ songs. Touring behind their debut record Idle Labor then, Craft Spells is the brainchild of Justin Vallesteros. Idle Labor was one of those solo bedroom-pop projects that were literally recorded in a bedroom and the songs laments about loneliness and isolation, struggles faced by every young person.
With their newest and sophomore record Nausea, Craft Spells is no longer a solo bedroom project. Yes, it is still entirely penned by Vallesteros. But working with his full band and under a proper studio now, Vallesteros created Nausea after a prolonged period of writer’s block as way to criticize social media, something that is still a young man’s preoccupation. Still, Nausea is noticeable grander and lusher in scope but still uses the same tinkling melodies that carried Idle Labor.
Listen to single Komorebi embedded below.
Craft Spells – Nausea comes out 6/9 via Captured Tracks (order here)