Today Dessa drops her new album ‘Chime’ (via Doomtree Records) marking the next step for an artist that for years has taken rap, spoken word, literature, soulful pop and now science and blended them together into a one-of-a-kind sound and experience.
Dessa teamed up with GRAMMY-nominated composer/arranger Andy Thompson and Doomtree producer/CEO Lazerbeak to create an 11-track collection that defies easy categorization. The album volleys hardball rap bangers like the triumphant “5 out of 6” and “Fire Drills” (based on snippet of an iPhone field recording the singer/rapper made in Turkey) with vulnerable pop gems like harmonic “Boy Crazy” and “Good Grief” with the existential reflections found on “Velodrome” and “Half of You.”
The latter of which was largely inspired by Dessa’s ambitious collaboration with neurofeedback clinician Penijean Gracefire and a team of neuroscientists from the University of Minnesota to try to create a protocol for falling out of love by changing her emotions via modifying her brainwaves. The inspiration for the experiment, the details of the scientific process, and Dessa’s ending results are chronicled in this exploratory piece on The Verge.
You can also watch the short art film music video for “Good Grief” where Dessa and a past love literally set fire to their failing relationship [via Billboard].
Also today, Dessa has announced four additional shows, two of which include stops in Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT as part of her ‘Chime’ World Tour. And as a special treat for her fans, Dessa will be performing at two intimate pop-up shows in New York (March 4th, Rockwood Music Hall) and Minneapolis (February 26th, Dakota Jazz Club). Her run of US and European tour dates kicks off tonight with a sold-out show at Sound in Duluth. Full tour dates below, with additional dates to follow.
In addition to ‘Chime,’ this year will see Dessa release her first hardcover collection of essays; “My Own Devices: True Stores from The Road on Music, Science and Senseless Love”, via Dutton Books (Penguin/Random House) on September 18.
DESSA TOUR DATES
February 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club*
March 4 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall*
‘CHIME’ WORD TOUR DATES (additional dates to follow)