Jessy Lanza

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Jessy Lanza
Jessy Lanza.jpg
Lanza performing in Philadelphia
Background information
Born September 3rd, 1985 (age 33)
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Electropop, R&B, dance-pop, experimental pop[1]
Occupation(s) DJ, music producer, songwriter, vocalist
Instruments Vocals, drum machine, keyboard, synth
Years active 2009–present
Labels Hyperdub
Associated acts Junior Boys, Caribou (band), Dev Hynes, XXYYXX, Grimes, The Drum
Website jessylanza.com

Jessy Lanza is a Canadian electronic songwriter, producer, and vocalist from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[2] She has released two albums, Pull My Hair Back (2013) and Oh No (2016), to critical praise.

Life and career[edit]

Jessy Lanza grew up playing piano and clarinet before going to Concordia University to study jazz.[3][4][5] Before starting her career as a singer and music producer, she was a music teacher at school.[6]

She was listed as one of the best new artists of 2013 by XLR8R.[7] In a review of her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, she was described by The Guardian as "the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls"[8] and ranked #4 on Resident Advisor's Top 20 Albums of 2013.[9] Pull My Hair Back was co-written and co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys and released on the UK's Hyperdub record label. The album Pull My Hair Back was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[10]

In 2014, she collaborated with Caribou on his album Our Love. In 2015, she recorded vocals for The Galleria EP Calling Card / Mezzanine.

Her second album Oh No was released in 2016, and was shortlisted again for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.[11]

Influences[edit]

Jessy Lanza possesses a soprano vocal range, similar to Cocteau Twins and Aaliyah.[12] As a kid, Jessy Lanza listened to Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.[13] The singer said that having a background in studying jazz helped her to have "the ability to hear and lift chord progressions", which led her to an understanding of R&B music that permeates her recent work.[14] Laced with funk, soul, R&B, and haunting high-register vocals, Lanza cites Missy Elliott and Timbaland as early influences on her songwriting.[15] The singer has also cited such artists as Evelyn "Champagne" King and Melba Moore.[16] She also cited Japanese synthpop artists of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Yellow Magic Orchestra members Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi, as key influences.[17] She has a postmodern approach to writing music, comparing her songs to a mashup of all the pop songs over the last 40 years that she likes.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • You Never Show Your Love (2015)

Singles[edit]

  • "Kathy Lee" (2013)
  • "Keep Moving" (2013)
  • "5785021" (2014)
  • "You and Me" (2014)
  • "You Never Show Your Love" (2015) (ft. DJ Spinn & Taso)
  • "It Means I Love You" (2016)
  • "VV Violence" (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""It Means I Love You" (MP3 file)" (MP3). Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  2. ^ Cox, Jamieson. "Jessy Lanza. Pull My Hair Back (Review)". Article. Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Breaking Through: Jessy Lanza". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. ^ Bentley, Jason. "KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza". NPR. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.loudandquiet.com/interview/jessy-lanza-the-pop-writer-who-isnt-a-pop-star-the-cool-kid-who-isnt-a-hipster/
  6. ^ http://www.loudandquiet.com/interview/understated-alluring-rnb-jessy-lanza/
  7. ^ "XLR8R's Best of 2013: New Artists". XLR8R. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ Lester, Paul. "Jessy Lanza". Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  9. ^ "RA Poll: Top 20 albums of 2013". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Brophy, Aaron (14 July 2016). "2016 Polaris Music Short List Is Here". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/cd-jessy-lanza-oh-no
  13. ^ http://www.loudandquiet.com/interview/jessy-lanza-the-pop-writer-who-isnt-a-pop-star-the-cool-kid-who-isnt-a-hipster/
  14. ^ http://www.loudandquiet.com/interview/understated-alluring-rnb-jessy-lanza/
  15. ^ Lindsay, Benjamin. "JESSY LANZA, HAMILTON'S HEROINE". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  16. ^ http://crackmagazine.net/article/music/jessy-lanza/
  17. ^ http://thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-releases/jessy-lanzas-6-essential-japanese-electro-records/
  18. ^ http://www.loudandquiet.com/interview/jessy-lanza-the-pop-writer-who-isnt-a-pop-star-the-cool-kid-who-isnt-a-hipster/