Los Angeles based soul drenched dream pop duo SPELLES have just released the second single from their long-awaited upcoming debut album Diving Into the Arms of the Divine, which is set to be released this winter via Sierra Bonita Records. “Beginnings and Endings” is an atmospheric and otherworldly sonic odyssey that ponders existential themes such as what is the greater truth and deep meaning in life. Starting with a delicate piano arpeggio and intimate lead vocal, the song blooms with layers of ethereal synths, tribal percussion and haunting background vocals that explode into a transportive finale.
SPELLES are made up of songwriters, instrumentalists and producers Kathryn Baar and Luc Laurent and have also just put a video in support of “Beginnings and Endings”. The new single follows the recently released “Holy Hells” (which we featured on a recent playlist).
SPELLES broke out in 2014 after their unreleased song “Bird in a Cage” was placed on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Since then they’ve released two EP’s: SPELLES and Skeleton Coast I, and multiple singles. They’ve also had the good fortune of getting their songs placed on numerous shows, such as Good Girls, Big Sky, Charmed, and Nancy Drew, as well as on a TV promo for ABC. In 2017 their song “Dead in the Water” was played on BBC Radio 1 and they were sponsored by Taco Bell for their Feed the Beat program. Baar co-wrote a song in 2022 with Jordan Frye called “Let It Out” that landed an HBO promo. She also lent her vocals and writing skills to the song “Fly” by The Avener and vocals to “Fade Away” by Claptone, the latter of which was initiated via a personal email by legendary producer Stuart Price (Madonna). SPELLES has also performed live in Los Angeles on the same bill as LP, Dorothy, Cannons, Skott and Niia.
Influenced by artists such as Portishead, Radiohead, and Nina Simone, SPELLES has combined different musical influences along with poetic and evocative lyrics to create an already commanding and moving body of work that speaks for itself.
Feature Photo Credit – Zach Bell