“‘Bombs Away’ is about a feeling of surrender, leaning in and letting go,” Dessa says “As a control enthusiast, uncertainty and ambiguity unsettle me. But this past year wasn’t designed to cater to our preferences. I recorded the demo for this one in Minneapolis, in the middle of a very hard 2020.”
Dessa has started a song series called IDES where she releases a new song on the 15th of every month. IDES is the product of collaborations between artists working from their home studios across the country, trading sound files, snapshots, and voice memos.
Dessa recently made headlines for “Who’s Yellen Now?” The song is a Hamilton-style ode to the U.S.’s first female Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen.
The BBC recently announced that Dessa will host their new series on science and human behavior, Deeply Human. The project is a collaboration between the BBC, American Public Media, and iHeartRadio. It will air on the BBC World Service and be available as a podcast on all major platforms. The first season—12 episodes in total—chases down answers to questions like, “Why do we get Deja Vu?” “Why are we attracted to symmetrical faces?” and “Why do we listen to sad music?”. The show features surprisingly intimate interviews with leading scientists and researchers, presented in Dessa’s funny, writerly style. Available on all platforms March 8th.