With help from Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Austin’s Sweet Spirit are a band for the moment

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Sabrina Ellis w/ Britt Daniel | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sabrina Ellis w/ Britt Daniel | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen collaborate together in the the Austin, Texas band Sweet Spirit. They recently had a boost to their career with the release of “Have Mercy,” a co-write with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, who also sings on the song. The release of the song is the band’s first new recording since they released their self-titled EP at the end of 2014. They are set to release their debut full length this summer, however they are currently on a headlining tour, as well of playing some high profile dates opening for Spoon.

“Have Mercy” is a fresh burst of vibey, musical sway. A simple melody buoyed by Ellis’s confident and strong vocals, it’s pushed along by a pulsing groove, and a catchy chorus that is hard to escape from. As a singer, Ellis has a bit of a dramatic, cabaret indie-rock flair. She reminds me a bit of Gwen Stefani (early No Doubt days), belting out hooks and harmonies with a lot of conviction.

Below, download “Have Mercy.”

Purchase Sweet Spirit’s EP here.

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