Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) has been praised as one of NPR Music’s Favorite Albums of 2018 so far. The opening track “Ride” is noir, mean, sexy; “Fire Drills” was crafted from a snippet of an iPhone field recording Dessa made in Turkey; “Half of You” is infectious, up-tempo pop; “5 out of 6” features a unusual looping riff that gives way to a gale-force chorus that begins, I’m the phoenix…and the ash. Chime showcases Dessa at her finest—she’s fierce and tender, deft, and passionately curious.
Dessa is now preparing for two October performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, where she’ll perform symphonic versions of her work, arranged by Andy Thompson. Then, in November, she’ll tour the UK with cohorts Aby Wolf and Matthew Santos.
Check out a couple of Dessa’s recent music video projects here: