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12 July, 2018Print

Dessa Drops Video for "Fire Drills"

"May Be the Most Powerful Song Of the Year" (Boston Globe)
"Fire Drills" Video Drops Today, Watch HERE


The video for NYC-via-Minneapolis rapper, singer, and essayist Dessa's "Fire Drills" is out today, and further proves her latest album 'Chime' to be a milestone for the artist, not only raising the bar with her whip-smart delivery and poetic lyrics but also delivering her most profoundly striking videos to date. The song, which was built around an iPhone field recording that Dessa made while in Turkey, offers razor-sharp social commentary on a woman's role in the world in Dessa's unmistakable style: literary, candid, and fierce.


Praising "Fire Drills" as one of the standouts from 'Chime', the Chicago Tribune echoes the song's sentiment, asking "Is getting through a day on the road without incident a win? Is being vigilant a job description? Is just getting by enough?" The Boston Globe also said that it "may be the most powerful song of the year".


Of the video for "Fire Drills" (directed by Irene Kotnik), Dessa told NPR Music that it "captures a spirit of rebellion, youth, and adventure--all of which helped fuel the writing of the song, and continue to fuel our nightly performances of it." Watch the video HERE.  


"Fire Drills" follows the unapologetically powerful videos for fellow 'Chime' releases "Good Grief" (a grey, slowburning narrative exploring inner growth in the face of heartbreak) and "5 out of 6" (a nihilistic, Hitchcockian video highlighting the radical power of sensitivity), further cementing Dessa's 'Chime' era as one of diverse inspiration and eclectic expression, proving Sound Opinions claim that she is a "force of nature."


'Chime' was recently praised by NPR as one of their "40 Favorite Albums of 2018" saying that it "hangs together as a complex and boldly stated declaration." The multi-genre, masterfully written, and brutally honest album was also heralded by The A.V. Club who celebrated Dessa as "an artist who's forever striving to punch her way out from whatever box she currently finds herself in" and All Songs Considered who called it a work of "incredible gravitas and presence and humanity."


Dessa will celebrate another milestone this fall with the release of her first hardcover literary collection, 'My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road On Music, Science, and Senseless Love' (Dutton, September 18th), which she'll follow with a US book tour in September and a run of live music dates in the UK in November.  




September 18 - New York, NY @ Strand

September 19 - Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theatre

September 20 - St Paul, MN @ TBA

September 21 - Chicago, IL @ American Writers Museum

September 22 - Corte Madera, CA @ Book Passage

September 23 - Seattle, WA @ Third Place Books

More information can be found at  


Nov 8 - Glasgow - Stereo

Nov 9 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club 

Nov 10 - London - Dome 

Nov 11 - Brighton - Patterns 

Nov 12 - Bristol - Hy-Brasil 

Tickets and details at



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For more information on Dessa, please contact Josh Page, Rebecca Shapiro, or Hannah Schwartz at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.