Back in 2011 Seattle-born Justin Vallesteros received critical acclaim for his debut album, Idle Labor, a dreamy electro-pop album concocted in the creative haven of his bedroom in California. But success led to an asphyxiating obsession with social media, and online isolation led Vallesteros back to his childhood home. The act of rediscovering his roots and “unplugging” provoked a much cleaner, organic aesthetic.
Three years later, his 2014 album “Nausea” reflects both his despair and salvation – through tight drum rolls on “Komorebi”, drowsy trip-hop of “Instrumental” and the addition of uplifting piano, self-taught during his time back home. Nausea oscillates between tempos and styles, resulting in a complex record that echoes the alchemic qualities of his Craft Spells name better than ever. We look forward to seeing how it translates into a live performance this Thursday at Razzmatazz. Buy tickets here, doors open at 8pm.