Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa
has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—she's appeared on the Billboard charts, recorded with the GRAMMY-winning Minnesota Orchestra, contributed to The Hamilton Mixtape
and the RBG
documentary soundtrack, and performed at clubs and festivals on five continents. She’s written for The New York Times
and National Geographic Traveler
, presented a TED talk
with more than 2 million views, and published a memoir My Own Devices
that was recognized by NPR and Amazon as a best book of 2018. Dessa also hosts the science podcast Deeply Human
—a co-production of the BBC, American Public Media, and iHeartRadio—that features surprisingly intimate interviews with leading researchers on human behavior. The LA Times wrote that Dessa “sounds like no one else;” NPR’s All Songs Considered called her “a national treasure." On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. More info at dessawander.com
King Pari is an almost accidental project. Cameron Kinghorn (Nooky Jones) and Joe Paris Christensen (PHO) didn’t even set out to start a band. When Joe texted Cameron some jams whipped up on his tape machine, Cameron hit him back with “what is this? I want in”. Ten minutes before they first linked up, Joe built the loop for their first single, ‘Sunshine,’ which they then wrote on the spot in a flurry on collective inspiration (now at 1 million Spotify streams). The rest of their ‘MARY EP’ grew from recording sessions in Joe’s Northeast Minneapolis bedroom, a guest house in New Orleans and a cabin in rural Wisconsin. Minneapolis left an obvious mark — the influence of Prince and the Minneapolis Sound, approached from a fresh psychedelic angle. It’s been called stonersoul, lo-fi R&B, dub meets 80’s electro with a heavy dose of funk.
With these new songs in hand, the group played their first public show on the historic First Avenue Mainroom stage in Minneapolis, opening for the incomparable Kamasi Washington in August 2019, and charming the full house that night.
On the MARY EP King Pari leans into the accidental and improvisational nature of music, embracing imperfections, lo-fi inclinations, and fuckups. The EP is entirely self-produced, recorded, written, and mixed, giving it a real handcrafted and personal feel. For both Cameron and Joe, this project is a culmination of many personal things. It can be goofy as shit, but also introspective and occasionally gloomy. It’s dancey and funky, but often dreamy. It’s a distillation of every group and side project they’ve played in before - even a 90s R&B cover band. Nothing is forced; it all just falls into place like a Rube Goldberg machine of chill-ass vibes. More than anything, King Pari is having a good time, and they want you to get on their level.