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Craft Spells – ‘Nausea’

CRAFT SPELLS - 'NAUSEA'

Craft Spells new LP ‘Nausea’ has arrived amongst a busy week of new album releases (including newies by The Fresh & Onlys, Stagnant Pools, Vaniish and Towns). Lead single ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide‘ arrived in March and revealed the quartet’s progression since their 2011 debut ‘Idle Labor’. The Craft Spells sound has been fleshed out with added instruments. It’s a much more natural and “live” approach than their 2012 EP ‘Gallery’. The second single ‘Komorebi’ confirmed this with orchestral sounds, a twist on their jangle pop debut. But is it an improvement?

This is the first time the San Francisco-based band have recorded with a full line-up in a studio with a producer in tow. So there’s more polish, the production is a big step up, no question. ‘Nausea’ was conceived on piano by front man Justin Paul Vallesteros and there’s a lot of beautiful sounds on the record. Thankfully, there’s also a lot of reverb too! But sadly, the translation from the piano to the finished product lacks some lustre. There isn’t really enough songwriting weight or ideas to justify the elaborate production gloss. The simple melodies worked well enough on the lo-fi sounding ‘Idle Labor’, it matched the style of songwriting so why switch? As the saying goes “less is more”.

That said, there are some strong moments beyond the stand out singles. ‘Twirl’ is a fun twee pop tune that doesn’t take itself so seriously and ‘Laughing For My Life’ has some unpredictable twists. Overall, it’s worth the ride for existing fans but is unlikely to convince many new ones. ‘Nausea’ is available now via Captured Tracks.

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Craft Spells - 'Nausea'
Songwriting
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PRO'S
  • Strong singles
  • Well crafted production
CON'S
  • Lacks songwriting depth
3.4Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)

The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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We’ve been following The Death Of Pop for some time now (most recently the single ‘Circles‘) but it looks like the forthcoming EP ‘Fifths’ will be their most accessible work to date. The London-based act have signed up with Art Is Hard, the EP is out July 28 digitally and on 7inch flexidisc (pre-order). Our first listen is ‘Whenever’ which builds on the reverb heavy jangle pop of ‘Circles’ but is even catchier. It’s a big step away from their shoegaze debut! Brits can catch the five piece on tour later this month (details).

 
The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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Lost Tapes – ‘Blame It On Rio’

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Lost Tapes take their dreamy jangle pop to New York City in the new video for ‘Blame It On Rio’. It’s the b-side to ‘Rubber Bracelet’, a fresh 7inch available through Beko! The Spanish duo (Pau Roca of La Habitación Roja and RJ Sinclair of Tokyo Sex Destruction) released their latest EP ‘Poetry Dates’ earlier this year, it’s also worth checking out.

 
Lost Tapes – ‘Blame It On Rio’

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Tape Waves – ‘Stay All Night’ [Premiere]

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Tapes Waves premiere their beautiful new jangle pop tune ‘Stay All Night’, continuing a successful run since the July release of their critically praised EP. The Charleston, South Carolina duo (Kim Hart and Jarod Weldin) capitalize on Kim’s dreamy vocals and their ability to create catchy pop hooks. Tapes Waves traverse indie pop, surf and dream pop, creating cruisey tunes with a unique touch. Their sound has been described as “Mazzy Star or Beach House intersecting with bands like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and Best Coast.” Pick up ‘Stay All Night’ on the new self-titled 7inch from May 28 through Portuguese-based label LebensStrasse Records (pre-order here)! LebensStrasse is also home to Sun Glitters, AuRa, Thin Gaze and Slow Magic.

 
Tape Waves – ‘Stay All Night’ [Premiere]

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Bloom – ‘Daydream’

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Introducing Bloom and their reverb heavy debut single ‘Daydream’ (free download)! The fresh faced four piece hail from Winchester in the UK and have a sound that’s influenced by DIIV, Wu Lyf and Splashh.  Bloom are currently at work on an EP, more tracks are expected in the next fortnight.

 
Bloom – ‘Daydream’

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Craft Spells – ‘Komorebi’

CRAFT SPELLS - 'NAUSEA'

Craft Spells deliver their new single ‘Komorebi’ in the lead up to the forthcoming album ‘Nausea’ (out June 10 via Captured Tracks). The San Francisco-based jangle poppers have fleshed out their sound, adding a lush orchestral layer that sets them apart. If you missed the lead single ‘Breaking The Angle Against The Tide’, check it out here.

Craft Spells June Tour Dates…

6/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Captured Tracks Northside Showcase – Warsaw*
6/14 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel**
6/15 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar**
6/17 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
6/18 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
6/19 – Chicago, IL – Township
6/20 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch***
6/21 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
6/21 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
6/23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Craft Spells – ‘Komorebi’

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