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Advance Review - Dehd: Flower of Devotion (July 17, 2020)
This Friday, Dehd will release the follow-up to their 2019 record Water. The three-piece act from Chicago self-admittedly aimed to step up their game with the release of Flower of Devotion. They made moves with this new album. It's chock-full of alt-pop goodness. The melodies are strong, the vocals beg you to sing with them, and the percussion pops off the album. Really, this is one of those rare albums that you listen to and think "Three people did this?", there's just that much to examine.
Ever present throughout Flower of Devotion is a tinge of nostalgia, particularly within the melodies. The album charges forward with lead single"Loner", an alt-pop banger that is must listen stuff. Dehd even has a bit of a punk moment with the track "No Time". One of my favorite aspects of Dehd as a band is their penchant for trading off vocals between Emily Kempf and Jason Balla, they play well together and are just as good apart. With each switch it gives Dehd a new take on their unique sound.
Flower of Devotion is a winner for Dehd, there's a lot to love here. I'd highly encourage you to take the dive and check out Dehd's sophomore release when it drops everywhere Friday. In the meantime, you can listen to "Loner", "Flood", and "Month" which are streaming everywhere now.
Rating - 4/5