Dessa has earned praise for her range as a thoughtful songwriter, a
fierce emcee, and a singer with an expressive alto voice. As a member of
Doomtree, her work has attracted a ferociously dedicated fan base, held
the 1 spot with CMJ, and appeared on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s charts. A
Broken Code is Dessa’s eagerly anticipated full-length album.
Doomtree producers Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Cecil Otter, and Lazerbeak
all contribute beats to the album. “The Chaconne” is pensive and
beautiful, with piano, violin, and guest vocals by Grammy-nominated
Matthew Santos. “Dixon’s Girl” sounds like a French cabaret, with
shuffling drums and sultry refrains.
“The Crow” (on which P.O.S sings back-up vocals) is comprised of
aggressive drums, distant organ melodies, and punctuated by haunting
sung choruses. “Poor Atlas,” an entirely a cappella arrangement, layers
old-world harmonies to tell the story of a woman who attempts to improve
upon the human design, building a body from balsa and ash.
The varied sound pallet of A Badly Broken Code is unified by Dessa’s
inimitable style as a lyricist. Tenderness, wit, and poetic sensibility
define her songwriting and every track on her full length reaffirms her
position as one of the most capable lyricists in underground hip hop.-Myspace
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