LEST WE FORGET [BLOOD] | Esperanza Spalding

Music Video

A VAM STUDIO and Good Trouble Production

Director: Jordan Phelps
Producer: Ramone Hulet
Executive Producer: Vincent Martell
Director of Photography: Hannah Welever
1st AD: Hannah Ward
Drone/Steadi Operator: Pete Souphasith
Makeup/Hair: Kristin Harleaux
Editor: Jordan Phelps
Colorist: Lindsey Mazur (The Mill)
Production Assistant: Heather Reese
Video Commissioner: Nia Andrews Concord
Records label: Paul Kremen, Jason Linder, Heidi Kalison

12 Little Spells was first penned by Spalding while on a writing retreat at a castle in Italy.  She recorded the album with her band in just a few days, and then released each spell with it’s own video on her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages over the course of 12 days.  The videos have garnered a combined 4 million views and counting to date.  In November and December she unveiled a completely new live concert - with a customized stage design, gowns designed for her by Diego Montoya, choreography and projected images – limited to just 12 performances. 

After 12 Little Spells was released on streaming services in October, it appeared on several Best Of 2018 lists including NY Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and received effusive praise.

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Watch a recent performance on the public radio show Live From Here:


“Truly intoxicating”

New York Times / Top Albums and Best Jazz Albums of 2018

“[Spalding] is well over a decade into one of the most fruitful and strikingly original careers in contemporary pop…the conceptual hook of 12 Little Spells only hints at the radically inventive nature of the songs themselves”

Rolling Stone / Best Albums of 2018

Best Jazz of 2018 - Billboard

“Magic…pure imagination and also incredibly tactile” – NPR Music

“Spalding unearths a haunting, R&B-styled side” – Time Magazine

“‘12 Little Spells’ joins a long line of her goddess foremothers in their innovation” – Paste

“The sound of a woman conjuring the contradictions, beauty, strangeness, and power of her body is deeply moving and very possibly magic” – Boston Globe

“Pure magic” – Mother Jones

“Dazzling” – Essence

“Esperanza’s most appealing album yet” – Brooklyn Vegan

"Lest We Forget" (blood) sensation of gentle propulsion through one’s own inner/outer space, guided and tethered by infinite love For trusting that the flow of the personal circulation system is constant in providing the body (individual, family, community, partnership, profession, field, culture, nation, species, planet, etc.) with oxygenation, mineral and nutrient nourishment, and anatomy-based mechanisms for functional healing.