The video for NYC-via-Minneapolis rapper, singer, and essayist Dessa’s “Fire Drills” is out today, and further proves her latest album ‘Chime’ to be a milestone for the artist, not only raising the bar with her whip-smart delivery and poetic lyrics but also delivering her most profoundly striking videos to date. The song, which was built around an iPhone field recording that Dessa made while in Turkey, offers razor-sharp social commentary on a woman’s role in the world in Dessa’s unmistakable style: literary, candid, and fierce.
Of the video for “Fire Drills” (directed by Irene Kotnik), Dessa told NPR Music that it “captures a spirit of rebellion, youth, and adventure–all of which helped fuel the writing of the song, and continue to fuel our nightly performances of it.” Watch the video HERE.
“Fire Drills” follows the unapologetically powerful videos for fellow ‘Chime’ releases “Good Grief” (a grey, slowburning narrative exploring inner growth in the face of heartbreak) and “5 out of 6” (a nihilistic, Hitchcockian video highlighting the radical power of sensitivity), further cementing Dessa’s ‘Chime’ era as one of diverse inspiration and eclectic expression, proving Sound Opinions claim that she is a “force of nature.”
Dessa will celebrate another milestone this fall with the release of her first hardcover literary collection, ‘My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road On Music, Science, and Senseless Love’ (Dutton, September 18th), which she’ll follow with a US book tour in September and a run of live music dates in the UK in November.