It’s another Saturday in Nashville and if you’re the least bit interested in new music from Nashville, you have to be at Centennial Park for another round of bands at Musicians Corner. There were a number of great artists that performed this week including a new electronic indie rock group called SPELLS. Led by Trevor James Tillery, SPELLS made their debut performance at Musicians Corner, and gave themselves a great start to a promising season of promoting their new music. That’s right, they also have a really impressive debut album called Escapist.
SPELLS independently released Escapist on July 15, 2011. The album travels back and forth between serene melodies and big dirty electronic grooves. Songs like “Escapist” and “Where Have You Been” really drive the album with dominating hooks and big Muse-like bass lines, while songs like “City on a Hill” reproduce a somber feel with ambient sweeps that seem to support lyrics about a broken world. Overall, this is a really cool album that contains some very intelligent music. Both the musicianship and songwriting replicate a great sound and fresh feel. For example, “Transient” carries a tight groove in an ambient song about the mystery of life. I feel the need to say, Jake Goss, I love the entrance with the crash on two after the rolls. It puts a perfect touch on top of those phrases. Enough of me talking about the music, take a listen to some killer new tracks from SPELLS:
Throughout Escapist, SPELLS “writes about a yearning for something beyond the modern world. He’s rebelling against the technology-saturated realm that adds layer upon layer of complication to life, causing dreams to become a small glimmer in the back of people’s minds as they chase the material.” (Next Big Nashville). Tillery has something important to say, and he’s saying it through his carefully-crafted melodic electro-pop. “These are the kind of songs I write,” he reveals. “These are the things that I’m constantly thinking about and haunted by. And music is an outlet where I can get that out – an outlet to hopefully get other people thinking and start knocking down walls.”
Escapist was produced by Josh Niles and featured Trevor Tillery (vocals, guitars, keys), Brian McSweeney (vocal percussion, backing vocals), Jake Goss (drums), and Adrian Walther (bass). After working on the record for the last year, it released this summer and has been getting a lot of local attention in Nashville. SPELLS played at 12th & Porter on thursday night as part of Next Big Nashville’s Soundland Festival, which took place this week. This is a band that you need to know about. Keep listening and supporting SPELLS because they’ve really got something here. Check them out online at spellsofficial.com.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play, Music Without Labels, LLC