Andrew C says:
Spalding has long been a virtuoso performer and visionary songwriter. Now, with her "12 Little Spells," she has become a musical healer.
Where Spalding's previous work was built around a central character, here she offers 12 songs each explicitly inspired by a separate body part, such as the mouth, eyes and fingers. In every way, Spalding doubles down on her neo-prog, art rock and avant-garde influences, offering songs rife with harmonically and rhythmically inventive soundscapes, as well as lyrics that read like poetry.