It’s no secret that I adore Dessa. Not in a creepy way, but a high school “YOU GET ME!” kind of way. I’ve been drawn to her music since I first heard of Doomtree years ago, and that connection was only solidified with her newest album, Parts of Speech.
A lot of her songs come off as a sort of spoken word piece, which is understandable since she’s such an incredible writer and poet. Her words flow so easily and with meaning – you can hear the happiness, the strength, and the sadness in her voice. Every live performance is like telling her story for the very first time – the good, the bad, and the love lost.
When it comes to females in music, she’s at the top of my list. But the best thing about it is she doesn’t play the ‘girl’ card. Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with singing about putting makeup on with your girls and going to the club to twerk it and play with boys’ hearts (and other parts), but it’s really good to have a woman in the industry who doesn’t rely on that. Yes, she sings and writes about love and femininity, but in a strong, intelligent way.
I’m very excited that tonight, Miss Dessa will be here in Sioux Falls performing at Icon Lounge downtown. A beautiful venue for a beautiful musician. Doors are at 7 pm with openers Roman Ships and Aby Wolf (who is traveling with Dessa). It’s an 18+ show and $15 at the door.
Below is one of my favorite songs performed live (“It’s Only Me”) as well as the lastest hauntingly beautiful single (“Call Off Your Ghost”), both from Parts of Speech.