Dessie is an artist from Australia who recently released a five-song self-titled EP Dessie. It didn’t take me long to appreciate her music. She has a soulful, jazzy voice that reminded me of a couple of notable female singers. There is unequivocally similarities to Amy Winehouse and I would also say Meghan Trainor. The music is quite good throughout but these songs are really about the vocals.
Apparently this is a DIY effort that was recorded in a makeshift studio on consumer gear. She was working with a producer who obviously knew what he was doing. The results sound professional. It's very rare that I hear something at such a high level of recording quality that wasn't recorded in a pro studio.
As far as the arrangements go those were on point as well. The songs don’t drag and are full of infectious and proper use of little production tricks. Up first is “Love Train” which starts with atmospheric pads and vocals. A deep, soulful ’70s sounding drum kit and electric keys enter the mix. The hook is deep and mood is soulful, melancholy and somehow also upbeat at points.
Up next is “Bullet For My Back” which is another success with a similar vibe which almost felt like a bit of an extension. “Morphine” contains fluttering synths, sax and cascading vocal harmonies. I thoroughly appreciated the dark, misty production on this song. The end of the song reaches a crescendo and slowly fades out. “I Will Say It Now” felt like a hopeful ballad. The closer “Beckoning Part” really hits upon the soulful jazzy vibe she had in the first two songs. A great way to end.
Dessie has a boatload of talent and she seemed to team up with the right producer. She certainly has enough talent to go far with her music. All she needs now is some luck and a great marketing team. I hope to see more of her soon.
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