For the new record, Justin Vallesteros put the guitar down, detached himself from the constant attention we give modern day electronics and picked up playing piano. He moved back home after an uninspiring stint in San Francisco to help find further solace. The album is the dreamy product of introspection and a recovered bout of writer’s block; it doesn’t sound as poppy or upbeat as past work, which isn’t surprising considering what he was probably going through. The songs seem more carefully crafted and sophisticated than previous efforts. Craft Spells proves that Pavement isn’t the only worthwhile band to come out of Stockton, CA.