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.