Listen: Jessy Lanza – “Kathy Lee” [2013]

Nothing new here, just a quick appreciation post for the illustrious Jessy Lanza and her masterful use of a minimal groove. There are not that many parts that make up this song: a shaker, a spare drum beat with a snap, a white noise-like synth trawling the underside, dustings of feathery synth, and a synth that sound like it was sampled from time barrels in Donkey Kong Country 2. Eventually more sounds come into play, but the anticipation built up from these small pieces is immense. I always find myself gesturing along with the song when the beat comes back in. Plus, I love the way that Lanza layers her misty vocals. It’s like they’re not even there, but they’re a commanding presence nonetheless. I’ll likely be posting more Jessy soon – I’m on a big kick right now.

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