DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style via a tirelessly independent route.
DAWN’s last album Blackheart was FACT’s #1 album of the year, and was in Best Album of 2015 charts by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, LA Times, Spin, Elle, Noisey and The Guardian, who called it “the most ambitious and revelatory album of 2015”.
Her first single of 2016, ‘Not Above That’ has sold over 2,000 units and 1,000,000 streams across Spotify and SoundCloud, and DAWN followed it with a series of show-stealing shows at SXSW (at the Pitchfork, Spin, FACT and Hype Hotel showcases). She also collaborated with Kingdom on the Infra-Red EP, released through Fade to Mind.
In April 2016 DAWN became the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, as part of YouTube’s collaboration series with The Verge. She also partnered with Wired for the release of a virtual reality version of ‘Not Above That’, and recently curated her own Boiler Room in London, performing from a specially-build LED pyramid. With future collaborations in the VR world due for release, she looks set to continue breaking down barriers of music, performance and technology.
Her new solo album REDEMPTION strikes the perfect balance between future-facing electronic music (with production from Machinedrum, Noisecastle III, DAWN herself and more) and the music of DAWN’s New Orleans upbringing, bound together by an untouchable approach to song- writing and flawless vocal range. The final part in a trilogy that started with GoldenHeart and continued with Blackheart, it represents her most focused, complete album yet.
released November 18, 2016
• All songs written by Dawn Richard
• All songs produced by Machinedrum and Dawn Richard except track 2 produced by Machinedrum & Noisecastle III, 3 & 5 produced by Noisecastle III, 6 & 15 produced by Dawn Richard & Derek Bergheimer, 11 produced by Kaveh Rastegar, 10 produced by PJ Morton & Dawn Richard
• All tracks mixed by Derek Bergheimer
• Cover photo by Rob Daly
• Cover design by Our Place Studio
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell