Jessy Lanza‘s 2013 debut was great, but we’re calling it right now–the Hamilton-based artist has outdone herself the second time around.
Co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, Oh No incorporates the best elements of Lanza’s previous work: airy vocal delivery, interlocking layers of drum machine beats with analog synth melodies, and a very relaxed, cool-temperatured atmosphere. “Vivica,” for instance, sounds like classic Lanza, with some spoken lyrics and understated production.
But now she’s more light on her feet, in between the stomp-and-clap mechanical percussion in “Never Enough,” the falsetto-ed word ends in “Going Somewhere” and the dancing bassline on “VV Violence.” And, all hail the arpeggiator! Much of the album makes masterful use of the jumping chords, weaving them in with quickly moving patterns of sounds and Lanza’s own voice echoing the synth melodies.
You can get your hands on what’s sure to be one of the best albums of the year from Hyperdub. And if you’re in Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto, keep an eye out for Lanza’s tour this summer.
With her sophomore album only a little more than a month away, Hamilton‘s Jessy Lanza is sounding fresh and fantastic. This is the release’s second single, and it’s classic Lanza–analog synth melodies, beautifully breathy vocals–delivered with extra confidence and a light playfulness. The bass line takes until the first chorus to appear, which only serves to emphasize how great it is when it does kick in.
Oh No is out on Hyperdub on May 13, and we can’t wait.
Extremely exciting news from Hamilton electro-R&B envelope-pusher Jessy Lanza: she’s releasing a second album, a long-awaited follow-up to her tremendously good debut Pull My Hair Back (one of our top ten albums of 2013). On the heels of her remarkable collaboration with Morgan Geist last year as The Galleria, the new record will be called Oh No and was co-written and co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys. We’re pretty blown away by first single “It Means I Love You”: a killer minimal synthpop jam that incorporates Shangaan electro influences, and sounds utterly original. Great kaleidoscopic video too!
Oh No is out May 13 on Geej Recordings and Hyperdub, and we cannot wait. Jessy Lanza is on tour now in North America and Europe.