The purpose built next generation interstellar Dawn Richard thread

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no one's mentioned Angela Winbush, also good at projecting longing over aqueous synthesized tracks and hard beats.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:39 (six years ago) link

I tweeted Druski asking him about other stuff he's produced and he tweeted me back with some stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7OO1ur8lPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4lWMnynd9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNyEBYKaUDQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Fql5_NYg0

The Reverend, Monday, 21 January 2013 20:43 (six years ago) link

@ Rev that is exciting and I am gonna listen to them right now

Comparisons to KB began because this album sounds exactly in tone and production like The Sensual World
Which is totally crazy! because Dawn Richards and KB sing differently, write differently, have different schemes of producer-writer-performer hierarchies, and yet the similarities are so striking that it's Very Interesting

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:50 (six years ago) link

Three people I've played this for has exactly said "wow this sounds like Peter Gabriel" and specifically cited The Sensual World and "Don't give up"

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

So yes I guess Katherine this is one of those points of comparison that work

Just because KB hasn't been influenced much by r&b doesn't mean r&b can't be influenced by KB tho.

You haven't heard Kate's cover of Sexual Healing, then

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

it's been years since i actually listened to the sensual world but someone who checked it out based on my KB comparison said that the intros to "gleaux" and "heads we're dancing" are, like, nearly identical

haven't pulled out the latter to compare for myself yet

lex pretend, Monday, 21 January 2013 20:55 (six years ago) link

it was Katherine who asserted that, not me xp

The Reverend, Monday, 21 January 2013 20:56 (six years ago) link

I know I was joking
Her version of Sexual Healing is not exactly a masterstroke of genre synthesis

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:58 (six years ago) link

pretty sure I've heard that cover, yes. and one stray cover falls under "very little" imo.

I can hear "Heads We're Dancing," sort of, but surely "Gleaux" owes as much if not more to the clapper trend?

katherine, Monday, 21 January 2013 21:01 (six years ago) link

while we're on comparisons, there is something very obvious that "Tug of War" is evoking and yet I can't think of the name at all, and it's been bugging me for the past three hours.

katherine, Monday, 21 January 2013 21:04 (six years ago) link

Bitches everybody knows the correct 80s art pop reference is Nona Hendryx's 'Skindiver'.

Tim F, Monday, 21 January 2013 21:20 (six years ago) link

!

The Reverend, Monday, 21 January 2013 21:21 (six years ago) link

Also this was sounding really ace to me on the way into work this morning. Except "Pretty Wicked Things" still and also "Warfaire" which I think isn't bad just kinda nothingy but in a way that I supect tends to infect my recall of the other tracks to suggest they were more nothingy than they are.

BUT how awesome were "Northern Lights", "Frequency", "Ode To You" and "86" sounding. "Ode To You" may be obvi but i'm an obvi kind of guy and Dawn can ride gated snares to kingdom come and back IMO.

Tim F, Monday, 21 January 2013 22:19 (six years ago) link

The second time the pre-chorus comes round on "Northern Lights"

Love is on our tongues, boy can’t you taste it?
Tonight up on the shines, don’t need to chase her
I want all your love, swear I’m all wasted
Smoke you right on up, let’s take a space trip

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

prolego, Monday, 21 January 2013 22:24 (six years ago) link

*"swear I won't waste it" rather

prolego, Monday, 21 January 2013 22:24 (six years ago) link

i was like "what does the opening percussion of "goliath" remind me of, nine inch nails?"

nope, "liquid diamonds"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 01:34 (six years ago) link

haha yes!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:01 (six years ago) link

Brad I had that same exact thought exactly exactly fuuuck

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:05 (six years ago) link

January 15, 2013
Genre Alternative R&B[1]
Length 63:42
Label Our Dawn
Producer Andrew "Druski" Scott, Deonte, The Fisticuffs

fiscal cliff paul (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:07 (six years ago) link

but surely "Gleaux" owes as much if not more to the clapper trend?

― katherine, Monday, January 21, 2013 4:01 PM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

dawn was kinda at the forefront of the clapper trend w/ 'me myself and y'!

乒乓, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:08 (six years ago) link

Yeah I was thinking that the other day when listening to #A Tell Tale Heart again.

Still such an underrated record. The rhythms on that tune and on "Broken Record" are so next level.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 03:05 (six years ago) link

Still getting to grips w/this; as well as various bits'n'pieces already mentioned, I'm getting vague flashes of Valerie Dore's post-The Mists of Avalon Arthurian concept album The Legend:
http://www.recordsale.de/cdpix/v/valerie_dore-the_legend.jpg

and maybe it's just the Tim Burton vibes or w/e, but Kelis' "Get Along With You". Need to dig out Skin Diver!

etc, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 07:50 (six years ago) link

ha, that druski interview lex linked says he produced for lil b

the legend of bigger yansh (some dude), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:39 (six years ago) link

"Ode To You" officially my jam now. It actually maddens me somewhat that Dawn evidently feels that tunes like that and "86" and "Frequency" aren't tarnished by sharing album space with lesser material like "Break of Dawn".

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:21 (six years ago) link

OTOH I will forgive everything if she repackages the album with bonus track "System of a Dawn".

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:22 (six years ago) link

haha "ode to you" and "break of dawn" are the only songs on this i don't consider essential

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:29 (six years ago) link

"Warfaire" and the title track also inessential. Given I still can't remember "Tug of War" in order to know how to characterise it I suppose that goes in there too. I'm not into PWT but I see how it is memorable etc.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:31 (six years ago) link

i adore "warfaire", its sudden switch from mournful piano ballad into avenging fist of justice is one of the best moments on the album. WARFAIRE / ALL GOOD / RIGHT HERE / WHATCHU WANNA DO

its sequencing is perfect as well.

love "tug of war", sex-as-power jam set in space. "baby loooooooove is waaaaaaar" is such a sweeping melody, so much empty space in it too.

as rtc noted upthread the title track is about the only way the album could actually close.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:35 (six years ago) link

Oh I get the idea behind all of dawn's military-relationship-complex epics, I just think they sometimes sound like they've only benefited from the precise amount of thought and effort required to allow them to be immortalised in lex all-cap lyrics posts.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:39 (six years ago) link

i am not one to defend long albums in general, but honestly when you've only had a record for a week i don't think it's possible to say if all 16 songs earn their keep or are memorable or not. just takes a little longer for it all to sink in as good or bad, in my experience.

big yansh theory (some dude), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:40 (six years ago) link

I'm with Al. I'm only lukewarm on Goldenheart—the songwriting sometimes seems thin, and at worst goofy, to me—but even the relatively short Armor On was loaded with growers, so I'm still hoping this will reveal itself to me. Well, maybe not hoping anymore, but at least not eliminating the possibility that it might.

Evan R, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:45 (six years ago) link

Also, for whatever reason, I always prefer the back half of Dawn Richard albums to the front half. It's a bit confounding, but it gives them longevity, I guess

Evan R, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

cosigning 'ode to you' adoration

casting a hex on 'pwt' criticism

r|t|c, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:53 (six years ago) link

"Pretty Wicked Things" is one where I'm hesitant to be sharper than to say "it doesn't work for me" because I don't even really know why it leaves me cold (and it's been around for long enough that this isn't some first week snap opinon thing).

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

YOU CAN BE MY BLACK KATE BUSH TONIGHT

jaymc, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 22:59 (six years ago) link

'warfaire' isnt so terrible on its own but it badly derails momentum and the sense of meandering that subsequently arises is dawn's great enemy

r|t|c, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:01 (six years ago) link

yep

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:01 (six years ago) link

presumably the people who like the second half better credit "warfaire" for ushering it in?

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:02 (six years ago) link

warfaire' isnt so terrible on its own but it badly derails momentum and the sense of meandering that subsequently arises is dawn's great enemy

― r|t|c, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:01 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah this exactly.

I don't think anything on the album is actively bad.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:04 (six years ago) link

i credit 'frequency' for that xp

r|t|c, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:04 (six years ago) link

It doesn't help that "Warfaire" might be the worst case of Linkin Park Lyrics Syndrome on the album

Evan R, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:21 (six years ago) link

a syndrome that exists to no one except you

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:23 (six years ago) link

Yeah, that's fair. But any song written exclusively in accusations and declarations of defiance sets off that alarm for me. It's such a black/white worldview: I am strong but you failed me; you let me down and you weren't there for me, etc, etc, etc. Any song that positions the songwriter as the hero and an unspecified "you" as a scourge just isn't that interesting to me. Real relationships are more complicated than that.

Evan R, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:50 (six years ago) link

hahaha i like "warfaire" y'all. one of the few hooks that immediately grabbed me.

album is finally opening up to me but it is a long sleepy thing

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:53 (six years ago) link

xp srs question what did you think of "soldier of love"?

lex pretend, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:02 (six years ago) link

it's called "warfaire," how subtle precisely do you expect it to be

katherine, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:08 (six years ago) link

(fwiw I think it's one of the weaker tracks, but I also massively prefer the first half of the album, so what do I know)

katherine, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:08 (six years ago) link

"warfaire" and "goliath" were intended as interludes, too (see the original track listing)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:10 (six years ago) link

yeah but i always basically thought of "Intro (Call To Hearts)" and "Outro (The Battle)" as full-on songs too

big yansh theory (some dude), Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:13 (six years ago) link

It's such a black/white worldview: I am strong but you failed me; you let me down and you weren't there for me, etc, etc, etc. Any song that positions the songwriter as the hero and an unspecified "you" as a scourge just isn't that interesting to me. Real relationships are more complicated than that.

― Evan R, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:50 (Yesterday) Bookmark

you have much to learn young grasshopper

r|t|c, Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:35 (six years ago) link


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