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Working as an indie artist, you get a lot of freedom. You can follow your ideas as far as your imagination will take you, set the parameters of your style, insist on your own aesthetic. Politics, on the other hand, is full of rugged pragmatism--lots of uncomfortable compromises and unappetizing calculations. This election doesn't provide a perfect presidential candidate, but the choice between them is perfectly clear. Donald Trump has undermined scientific institutions, hampered public discourse with name-calling and deliberate lies, and he has stoked the sort of fear and anger that encourages Americans to understand one another as enemies, instead of fellow citizens. I am excited to cast a vote that will remove Donald Trump from office, moving this country in a direction that values reason, scientific evidence, compassion, and tolerance.


The self-made man
with the brand-name watch
the fame fever
and the fast lane pox
crowns himself Caesar
and the known world scoffs,
but if we can’t beat him
the whole thing’s lost.

Tyranny x 16

The oval office or the locker room
water cooler gossip, propaganda, or the honest truth—
it all depends on who you’re talking to
the Paris Accord? Fuck it, pardon my French, don’t really parlez vous.
Cut the EPA
edit a better hurricane
keep Kellyanne just a call and a con away
gut the fourth estate (trade war!)
yeah, of course mistakes were made, paid for
by good people on both sides,
so they got a torch and a chant and a hand sign,
our reports say we still got a chance at a landslide.
You’re short on mirrors long on smoke—
all that Hydroxychloroquine cut with Diet Coke.
Under oath and unprovoked
I think your dog whistle broke
cause we can all hear it:
post a white power clip claim you missed what they were cheering
hearing’s fine, so you must be hard of spirit, running interference
cap lock on
spellcheck off
the Teflon Don
gets his feelings hurt by basketball
United Nations gets a stand-up show
your race relations is a taco bowl.

This is not partisan; I think reasonable people can disagree.

But nobody stuck on a wall likes the way that things end,
it goes: “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men...”

Tyranny x 16


released October 28, 2020
Vocals and lyrics by Dessa
Produced by Lazerbeak
Additional production by Andy Thompson

Mixed by Joe Mabbott at The Hideaway
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Microphonic Mastering
Art by Kai Benson


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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more

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