Photo credit: Catalina Xavlena
“Like Solange looking in a haunted mirror.” – The Guardian
Today SPELLLING, the project of Bay-Area based Chrystia Cabral, has shared a new single, “Under The Sun,” – the second offering from her forthcoming album, ‘Mazy Fly’ which is due out on February 22nd via Sacred Bones.
‘Mazy Fly’ musically traverses the spaces between languid, honey-soaked vocals and distant angelic whispers, from thumping 808 club beats to crunching tape loops, and from silky, smooth R&B to whirling organ sonatas. “Under The Sun” is “is a cosmic prayer for good fortune,” says Cabral. “It celebrates the invisible energies that come together over time to create something radically new, like the birth of a star.”
Chrystia Cabral began experimenting with music production in 2015 in an effort to carry on the creative legacy of a lost loved one and released her first full-length, ‘Pantheon of Me’, in September 2017 via Bandcamp. Drawing heavily from messages in her dreams, her sound spirals through clarity and obscurity searching through landscapes of psychic space. The result is a divine soul music, soft in its restraint but heavy with passion. Hers is a unique vision, inhabiting a world of its own.
‘Mazy Fly’, the second full-length by the Bay Area artist SPELLLING, and first for Sacred Bones, explores the tension between the thrill of exploring the unknown and the terror of imminent destruction. Chrystia Cabral spent the summer of 2018 in her Berkeley studio reflecting on the thresholds of human progress and longing for a new and better tomorrow. She was struck by the way the same technologies that have given humans the ability to achieve utopian dreams of discovery have also brought the world to the precipice of dystopic global devastation. Despite the darkness of this reality, ‘Mazy Fly’ is defiantly optimistic. It is a celestial voyage into the unknown, piloted by Cabral.
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‘Mazy Fly’ track list:
‘Mazy Fly’ artwork (photo by Catalina Xavlena):