Author: Zoe Ettinger
DVSN’s latest album, Morning After, is audibly cinematic. Rising and falling sounds translate to the emotional back and forth of an intense relationship.
In this way, the album is successful in a rare way. It depicts a narrative lyrically and propels it rhythmically. DVSN consists of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85. The pair are signed to Drakes OVO label, which is clear upon listening to the album. It has those downtempo and ambient style beats characteristic of many Drake tracks. However, DVSN’s work has the impassioned emotional honesty I find to be lacking in Drake’s. DVSN said of Morning After, “We know music opens the door to the unknown. Your mind automatically starts to fill in the blanks and create what you would want to see while listening to our music”. Their music is synesthetic: their sound and message are able to translate visually.
The sound of this album is incredibly sensual, yet it’s shrouded in melancholia.
It encapsulates the experience of being with someone when neither of you knows if it will be the last time. Memory and presence coincide, and we wonder if there can be a reconciliation between the two. In “Keep Calm”, Daley sings “I still remember where we were/ First time we had the nerve/ First time was not rehearsed” “There’s no such thing as too far/ No, no such thing as too far/ I’ve been watchin’ you all night long, babe/ Too far gone”. When you can truly see someone for who they are, you form an emotional connection immune to the degradation of time, or at least that’s how I see it.
Morning After is an intensely relatable album. It’s a modernized version of the classic R&B albums of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Daley’s impressive vocals, ranging from deep tenor to high falsetto, and Nineteen85’s genius ability to create vibes though his beats that “change the way people feel” as he says are what make their combination, and this album, an electro-soul dream.