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10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
The legendary director Mike Nichols believed any worthwhile scene could be boiled down toone of three things: a negotiation, a seduction, or a fight. On the full-length debut, Liberator,from Minneapolis quartet DEM YUUT, that trinity plays out in a uniquely disarming fashion.The album’s nine songs play directly to those fundamental human pursuits, rinsing the sweatyimpulse of modern R&B in astute waves of synth and indie atmosphere. Even when frontmanDanny O’Brien is in a reflective and delicate mode, there’s an earnest sense of swagger to cutthrough the lovelorn haze. Lead-off track “Dawn/Sea” toys with Top 40 tropes without shortingtheir impact, while “Muck” puts a coolly calculated spin on the troubled relationship jam.Rounded out by bandmates Don House, Jeremy Hanson and Jef Sundquist, DEM YUUT pushesbeyond the common confines of laptop R&B with a gorgeous array of sounds and textures —some improvised live in the studio, others meticulously crafted. But while the aesthetics rundeep, the songs are as well-suited to the jeep as any Drake or Kanye cut. Even the headycinematic tension in tracks like “Bloody Knuckles” and “Worse Off” is offset by an ear forhypnotic boom-bap.In total, the album is an expertly stitched soundtrack to a few universal pastimes of summer:the fevered crush, the drunk confession, the slow drive, the blissful giving in to what simplyfeels right at the time.
Jessica Manning is a singer/songwriter born in Stockholm, Sweden and based in the Twin Cities. She draws influence from pop & soul music and artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake and, Kevin Garrett. Her music creates an atmospheric landscape that her melodies and thoughtful lyrics soar high above.
“Oh those vocals. I could listen all day to her rich, soulful, and clear tones. Her words speak of a wisdom far beyond her years, but her ego does not follow. Elements of soul, as well as a floating atmosphere… weave themselves together to create a modern sense of soul: the perfect soundtrack for sunrise or sunset.” – Kelsey Simpkins (Sofar Sounds)