Mazy Fly

Spellling - Mazy Fly
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #179 / 757
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Based on 336 ratings
2019 Ratings: #356
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February 22, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
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New voices and ideas fading in and out like ghosts, it's an ambitious second act that meaningfully departs from the proven formula that earned the project early buzz, all to invigorating effect.


SPELLLING's second full-length Mazy Fly escapes present genres and ages, from witching primeval ballads, sultry alternative R&B, to intergalactic disco. Simply, it's celestial, Afrofuturist, and wake work.


Mazy Fly is idiosyncratic, but in a thoughtful and imaginative way that is too appealing to resist.


Tia Cabral’s second album retains the great mysticism of her songwriting. The unsettling synth textures and soundscapes fly around her soulful voice, making something beautiful out of sheer terror.

The 405

What at first listen may turn many off bears repeated listening, through the often terrifying kaleidoscope of sound is a melodic pop centre.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Sure, the album has its share of nebulous sounds, but those moments of uncertainty and openness are used as a foil to the highly rhythmic, dance-oriented bent of the rest of the album.

Under The Radar

Mazy Fly is a winged spirit, an album constructed from a synth system that seems to be enamored by chemical trails to the cosmos.

The album will surely take you on a wild ride by boat, spaceship, broom and magic carpet. Never a boring moment in SPELLLING's world.

While her first effort was a raw, sometimes skeletal collection that heavily utilized looping pedals, Mazy Fly is a much more developed studio creation, with more fleshed-out arrangements incorporating violin, saxophone, percussion, and other instruments.

The Needle Drop

With Mazy Fly, Spellling stands out as one of Sacred Bones' most exciting musical prospects.

Spectrum Culture

Mazy Fly excels in laser noises and organs but is light on surf guitars and theremins.

A soft yet forceful slap in the face.
This sounds like a James Ensor painting came to life, and all the clowns began performing a water ballet.

Mazy Fly is intentionally ominous, and there is a constant feeling of being submerged under water. I was worried that the record would feel bogged down by the need to be spooky, but Chrystia Cabral does a great job of keeping the melodies bright and the lyrics witty. These songs are eerie, but she is fully aware of her weirdness and leans into it to create fantastic atmospheric pop.

When ... read more
Well it's true that today I'm not too fan of the names of bands or artists. Between names of completely useless objects (Car Seat Headrest) or puns (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard), the names are no longer grand and original as it was before. Chrystia Cabral had the good or bad idea of ​​being called SPELLLING. This is just the word "spelling", misspelled intentionally. That's all. That's the whole joke. It's really not a great name. As SPELLLING, Cabral creates music that can ... read more
Ok so this latest album from the bay area artist Spellling grew on me immensely. This was my first time listening to this artist, known nothing about her previously and oh boy i'm glad I took a shot at this. Just by the album cover along, I knew I was getting into some moody and surreal music on here. The soundscape across this album reminds me of these cheesy haunted house dark synth sounds from the 70s and 80s but with a little twist of the minimal sounds that at times sound more magical than ... read more
I guess I'll have to jump ahead of the mindless drones who won't recognize an excellent album until fantano does. This is some inspired stuff. Spelling combines elements from soul, pop, electronic, and funk to craft an entirely unique listening experience. It doesn't hurt that it has some gorgeous, GORGEOUS production. It's so good on the ears.

Between this and Xiu Xiu, 2019 is starting off hellishly strong.
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Track List

  1. Red
  2. Haunted Water
  3. Hard to Please
  4. Golden Numbers
  5. Melted Wings
  6. Under the Sun
  7. Real Fun
  8. Hard to Please (Reprise)
  9. After Life
  10. Dirty Desert Dreams
  11. Mazy Fly
  12. Falling Asleep
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Added on: November 13, 2018