Esperanza Spalding unveils entirety of ‘12 Little Spells’

After dropping a song a day, the jazz artist has released the full project.

Esperanza Spalding’s ethereal new project, 12 Little Spells, is finally out.

The jazz bassist announced the EP and dropped the title track 12 days ago. She then proceeded to release a new song a day via videos posted to her Facebook page.

12 Little Spells is a “non-scientific approach to how music, sound, and energy, when combined in specific ways, can have an effect on you,” Spalding told Vanity Fair. Each song was inspired by a specific part of the human anatomy: For instance, “Thang” was inspired by hips.


“When I was writing the hips [song], I would watch people, watch how the movement in their hips changed in different circumstances,” she explained. “I was thinking, ‘What can I give to the hips?’”

It seems 12 Little Spells is only the beginning of Spalding’s fascination with music’s connection to the body—according to Vanity Fair, she’s planning to apply to a masters program to study music therapy and how the body and brain work in tandem.

Stream all of 12 Little Spells below:


And watch the videos released on Spalding’s Facebook page here.

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