Dark indie-pop outfit New Spell creates dynamic, cerebral music with haunting vocals, futuristic drums, and a mesmerizing synth-based aesthetic.
Through artfully textured songs, songwriter and bandleader Leanne Kelly explores the impact of the digital age, climate change, and current socio-cultural trends on our lives and our mental health. Her perspectives here are uniquely informed by her master’s degree level of study in psychotherapy.
New Spell - which also features Jacob Frautschi on drums and production by Max Savage (Cathedrals, Oriel Poole) - is known for lavish indie-pop that has garnered favorable comparisons to Chromatics, Goldfrapp, and Psychic Twin. The group released its first EP in 2011, but rebooted in 2016, transitioning from an indie band format into its current sleek, electro-tinged edition. New Spell still relies on its sharp, pop-informed songwriting, but layers the compositions with synth bass, glitchy passages, and a rich tapestry of vibey vintage and modern synth sounds.