Spelles gripping new single “Machete” drops with an equally dramatic music video shot in the majestic Red Rocks Canyon State Park. Spelles, the creation of Los Angeles based musicians, Kathryn Baar and Luc Laurent, released both a full production and acoustic version of “Machete,” the first single from the band since 2018.
The new tune is a rumbling, primal anthem for dealing with and overcoming the stress and anxiety of mental illness. Baar’s vocals rise above the instrumentals in a powerful and commanding nature, while backing vocals rise up to meet her. The accompanying music video captures Baar moving alone amidst an encapsulating and awe inspiring backdrop.
“Machete” is a fierce and emotive anthem that touches on themes of overcoming anxiety and mental health issues,” Baar noted. ”The track’s tribal drums and chanting background vocals evoke the primitive essence of the human condition.”
Spelles is currently in the midst of recording a full-length album, so “Machete” is just the first of what’s to come, as well as being the first song the band self-produced, the process of which helped add an even deeper layer of the song for the band.
“Machete” is the first fully self-produced track we’ve created,” Baar says. ”The song was initially recorded at The Lair studios in LA with our friend and engineer Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Portugal. The Man), and was then completed in our home studio. For a song that details feelings of powerlessness, I felt very empowered by the outcome after we took on the responsibility of bringing it to life.”
Words: Patti Sanchez