SPELLES’ Enigmatic Journey: Unveiling the Soul-Soaked Anthem ‘Holy Hells’
In a mesmerising return to the music scene, SPELLES unveils their latest single, “Holy Hells,” a sonic journey that immerses listeners in haunting cinematic soundscapes accompanied by the captivating and soulful vocals of Kathryn Baar and Luc Laurent, the brilliant duo behind the project. This powerful anthem, penned and produced by Baar and Laurent, pays homage to their admiration for stoic philosophy and the art of resilience.
With poignant lyrics like “In the kingdom of my ruin I made peace, From a dead land grew an Eden for all to see,” and “It was the highs that saved me, lows they made me,” “Holy Hells” serves as a testament to personal transformation and the triumph over discordant forces that threaten to engulf us. The track, expertly mixed by Andy D. Park (known for his work with Deftones) and masterfully mastered by Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone (whose credits include David Bowie), seamlessly blends elements of indie pop with blues and gospel influences, resulting in a composition that strikes a deep and spiritual chord.
SPELLES first burst onto the scene in 2014 when their unreleased gem, “Bird in a Cage,” found its place on the hit TV series Pretty Little Liars. Since then, they’ve graced us with two EPs, “SPELLES” and “Skeleton Coast I,” in addition to numerous standalone singles. Their music has also found its way into the soundtracks of popular shows like Good Girls, Big Sky, Charmed, Nancy Drew, and even an ABC TV promo. Kathryn Baar’s songwriting prowess shone in 2022 when her collaboration with Jordan Frye resulted in the HBO promo hit, “Let It Out.”
Baar’s vocal talents and songwriting skills have also left an indelible mark on tracks like “Fly” by The Avener and “Fade Away” by Claptone, the latter of which came about through a personal email from legendary producer Stuart Price (known for his work with Madonna). SPELLES has also graced the stage in Los Angeles, sharing billing with notable acts such as LP, Dorothy, Cannons, Skott, and Nia.
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of musical luminaries including Portishead, Radiohead, Nina Simone, and Feist, SPELLES has masterfully woven together diverse musical influences with lyrical poetry that tugs at the heartstrings. Their body of work stands as a testament to their artistic prowess and emotional resonance, establishing them as a formidable presence in the music landscape.