…wandering dazed, NEW SPELL Beautiful World
by Walter Price
After a two-year hiatus, San Francisco synth-pop faves, New Spell, return with a personal and picturesque new single, “Beautiful World”. Landing between Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and Book of Love, this new track feels like starting over, almost reluctantly…
Clouds above, lightest fog, and empty streets
Boarded up every place we used to meet
Plans have changed, strangest days
How long will it take?
Whether you absorb this new single as a post-pandemic reflection or a wistful post-breakup reality check, you’d probably be in the right. The bottom line is that vocalist/songwriter Leanne Kelly knows how to communicate emotion with a near whispery weightiness that seems like a scene from a beautifully melancholy movie scene. And this new single is an indelible addition to an already meticulous catalog.
And if you go to New Spell’s Bandcamp page, there’s an intimate ‘live’ version that’s all the magic. You can stream “Beautiful World”, now at the GTC.
NEW SPELL Beautiful World
Artist photo by Kurt Hickman
Leanne Kelly – Vocals, Keyboard, Synths, Percussion
Max Savage – Drums, Piano, Synths, Strings, Guitars
Dakota Salazar – Guitar, Guitar Lead
Music & Lyrics by Leanne Kelly
Produced & Mixed by Max Savage
Recorded by Leanne Kelly, Max Savage
Mastered by Nacho de la Riega
“Dynamic dark indie-pop project New Spell is the moniker of San Francisco Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Leanne Kelly. In artfully textured, lavish indie-pop songs, Leanne pulls from her background in psychotherapy to create poignant lyrics about the digital age, climate change, and the human experience. Working alongside producer Max Savage and longtime musical collaborator Jacob Frautschi has yielded dynamic, cerebral songs with haunting vocals, glitchy beats, and a mesmerizing modern synth aesthetic.” – bio