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Music Review: Nausea

Craft Spells



Nausea, Craft Spells’ sophomore album, is a great summer album to listen to while relaxing by the pool or at the beach.

Nausea has a similar, easy-going sound characteristic of its first album, Idle Labor. The new album is more refined and mature, giving it an even cozier sound. The music has a dreamy floating quality, washed in reverb with a subtle blend of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.

The record opens with “Nausea,” a song that, like the album title, doesn’t really fit the overall feeling the music conveys. This track begins the trend throughout the album of a slow steady underlying rhythm mixed with soothing, ambient vocals and instruments.

Despite its relatively consistent tempo and style throughout, Nausea never gets boring.

“Komorebi,” which in Japanese roughly means “sunlight filtering through the trees,” sounds like it could easily fit in the end credits of a Hayao Miyazaki movie. This peaceful track has a fitting name, as it brings the listener into a tranquil state of being similar to how one feels when napping under a tree.

Overall, the album creates a mellow soundscape, perfect for when you want to escape the pressures of everyday life.

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