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Music Video: Revolution by SPELLLING

Last Friday, SPELLLING - the project of Bay Area-based artist Chrystia Cabral - released her new album, The Turning Wheel, via Sacred Bones. Today, she presents a new video for standout track, “Revolution.” The track is in step with SPELLLING’s singular sound and aesthetic. Cabral’s magnetic voice parades over fluttering keys, eerie synth, and swelling strings. The video is a swirl of oddities - people dressed in exaggerated costumes, rich colors, and off-kilter settings.

The song ‘Revolution’ is about the struggle to feel whole and to find a nirvanic place of ‘completion’ while fighting against and living day to day within a matrix of exploitation,” says Cabral. “I sing about falling complicit to the grim false narrative of ‘growing up’ becoming a body that lives to labor….as an exhaustive submission that is wearing me down... but that there is still a spark of passion... to resist and reignite. The ‘permanent revolution’ I sing about is this idea that the yearning will never die, it will only grow more powerful within us all----for a world in which our greater virtues are encouraged and nourished----this desire is deep within us and this desire will never die out!

The follow-up to SPELLLING’s acclaimed 2019 debut Mazy Fly, The Turning Wheel revolves around themes of human unity, the future, divine love and the enigmatic ups and downs of life. SPELLLING took on the ambitious task of orchestrating and self-producing an album that features an ensemble of 31 collaborating musicians. The album 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. The resulting album incorporates a vast range of rich acoustic sounds that casts her work into vibrant new dimensions.

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