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Born Margaret Wander, Dessa’s first release with Doomtree, False Hopes, introduced a unique sensibility to : literary, bitter-sweet, and wry. She alternated between a clever, droll persona as an emcee and her earnest, unaffected delivery as a singer with a low, clear voice. Her a cappella arrangements delicate and expressive, full of sad, old world harmonies. False Hopes attracted a varied set of ferociously dedicated fans in the Midwest and beyond. The press compared her to Lauryn Hill and Ladybug Mecca, and then as “equal parts Ani DiFranco and Mos Def” (Rift Magazine).

Most recently, Dessa published a book under the Doomtree banner. Spiral Bound, her collection of essays and poetry, was dubbed a “dazzling literary debut” by the City Pages and “witty and desperately honest” by Alive Magazine.

A Badly Broken Code, her solo full-length record was released in January 2010 to an eagerly waiting number of listeners and music-writers alike. It earned 4 stars from Urb Magazine, a mention in Spin, and rave reviews from publications across the country.


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  • sjm26b

    You can really tell shes an english major- her songs are very allegorical and poetic.

    22 Jul 4:59am Reply
  • Dasik1x1

    I love you, Dessa!

    9 Jun 10:47am Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    fuck yeah Warsaw.

    17 Jan 7:11pm Reply
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  • sjm26b

    So talented (and attractive). One of the best albums of the year,. Love the Springsteen cover too

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cgiv6n

    holy moly

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    Great album.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • please_beware

    dessa darling ♥

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cold-war

    She is incredible

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sjm26b

    she is so attractive to me, along with being talented and intelligent

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ReaIis

    Parts of Speech caught me off my fucking guard. This girl deserves all the good shit that's coming her way.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AntarticWinter

    Parts Of Speech is so good

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BigBangTheorist

    Parts of Speech is an absolute masterpiece.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mlleblondeh

    Slowly becoming my AOTY. I'm going through a tough time, and this is exactly the type of sound I need to hear.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kiwiaschips

    I fucking love Parts of Speech. I keep listening to it over and over.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Langeais

    In my opinion, she found a perfect balance between singing and rapping. Her voice is an amazing gift and Parts of speech, his best expression. Album of the year so far[2]

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Karen5589

    best girl!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • boololy

    @ephemeraldrone haha. My taste does't concern you

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Sole1

    At first, I wanted more rap as well. But with every play I miss the rapping less. This album is fantastic. And we still get to hear her rap on Doomtree records.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
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