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Magical, sci-fi-loving artist and elementary school teacher from Oakland making extremely lush and weird electronic pop. Her 'Mazy Fly' album is one of the most original and refreshing things out so far this year.


alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Saturday, 9 March 2019 12:56 (two years ago) link

Yeah I really like this! Probably has the album cover of the year too

glad you started this thread, i was about to.

some really awesome and evil-sounding synths on this record. 'real fun' is the highlight for me, i think

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Saturday, 9 March 2019 14:56 (two years ago) link

Comparison time!

Under The Sun is like Let's Eat Grandma but even better imo

After Life is like L'Rain and almost as good

I like this

imago, Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:31 (two years ago) link

awwwwww my friend's label put out her previous stuff!

sarahell, Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:44 (two years ago) link

thank you nice ilx people for liking and starting threads for weird music from Oakland

sarahell, Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:45 (two years ago) link

this came out at the end of last year:

sarahell, Saturday, 9 March 2019 20:58 (two years ago) link

I’m all for weird music from Oakland! Will definitely listen to the previous release soon. Highlights from this one for me are the aforeposted and the Hard to Please reprise. ‘Evil-sounding synths’ is otm.

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:33 (two years ago) link

Yes, good stuff indeed. Saw her live with Rituals of Mine the other month -- excellent combination.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 March 2019 23:38 (two years ago) link

Great album. The melodies are indelible, I already feel I've known most of the songs forever.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 16:29 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Hey, this is great.

How's her first LP?

pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 11:40 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

i think i played pantheon a thousand times in 17-18, it was a total favorite. i even pre-bought mazy and waited. then i went "meh" and never really gave it a chance.

i listened again to pantheon today, swooned as usual, and thought, i really need to listen listen to mazy fly.

fuck i was so dumb not to listen, it's totally infused with, and energized by, the same spirit that pantheon had. it's like, "i've got this great voice, and big weird spaces to fill up." how did i miss getting to listen to now? like, i'm almost wondering if i actually listened to it now?!

and i approve this message (Hunt3r), Monday, 4 November 2019 17:45 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I only heard this for the first time yesterday and it's phenomenal. Her voice reminds of me of Nicolette a bit, that kind of out-of-context jazz singer feel. Love how gothy it is and then suddenly she'll make a turn into bright sunshine 60s pop.

Matt DC, Sunday, 19 January 2020 12:23 (one year ago) link

Just in time to sling it a vote in the 2019 poll as well.

Matt DC, Sunday, 19 January 2020 12:23 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

new song!


the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:51 (one week ago) link

Wow. Did not see that coming. Very exciting, though!

Soundslike, Saturday, 1 May 2021 04:14 (one week ago) link

Even the hype copy sounds compelling:

"Venturing to push the boundaries of her primarily synth-based work, SPELLLING took on the ambitious task of orchestrating and self-producing an album that features an ensemble of 31 collaborating musicians. The Turning Wheel incorporates a vast range of rich acoustic sounds that cast SPELLLING’s work into vibrant new dimensions. The double LP is split into two halves — “Above” and “Below.” Lush string quartet shimmer combines with haunting banjo and wandering bassoon leads, as the album progresses from the more jubilant, warm, and dreamy mood of the “Above” tracks to the more chilling and gothic tone of the “Below” tracks. This progression is anchored by SPELLLING’s familiar bewitching vocal style that emphasizes the theatrical and folkloric heart of her songwriting.

The release of The Turning Wheel was delayed by almost a year from its intended release date in September 2020 but the forced pause ended up serving as a blessing in disguise. Navigating the chaos of recording and producing the remaining instrumentalists - either remotely or through rigid socially distanced studio sessions - was immensely difficult, however the delays ultimately opened up the opportunity for SPELLLING to dedicate more attention to her lyrics. The Turning Wheel demonstrates a distinct evolution of lyrical style, from the more incantatory and abbreviated approach of her previous work to a more expansive, narrative production.
The Turning Wheel is a manifestation of this considerable effort, time, and collaborative energy and will surely become a classic for its elegance. And while the artist’s eclectic influences, from soul to psych to pop to noise, remain present, something entirely new has also been born in the cosmic soup of this massive undertaking: a grand and genreless adventure. One that allows the artist’s authenticity to shine and also marks her as a conduit for something with a magic of its own."

Soundslike, Saturday, 1 May 2021 04:18 (one week ago) link

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