As I have said before when writing about her previous singles and last year’s fantastic album, Plead The Fifth, Dejhare makes dance-pop music with depth. Many artists working in this field are happy to produce songs that merely tick the relevant boxes for those looking for pop’s quick hit, for dance’s escapist moments, who just want to surf the zeitgeist or follow the current fads and fashions. The real charm of Dejhare is that her music also engages the head…not to mention the heart. Intelligent pop music? Whatever next?
Lovescape, as the name suggests, is lyrically forged from myriad experiences surrounding love, loss and longing and the songs follow a great story arc from the first fruits of love, through the frustrations of a relationship that isn’t working, to the pain of a breakup and ending with those moments of realisation when the clouds lift and you remember that sometimes you are better off alone.
Light Up kicks things off, its beatific beats and rousing rhythms perfectly underlining its message of joy and hope, of trying to help someone through some dark times, an uplifting anthem to help someone get back on their feet. It sets the tone of the album perfectly.
From here, we follow a fantastic song cycle. Drawn To You neatly describes the excitement of love taking hold, the music suitably seductive and soulful, soft and sensual and filled with gorgeous crescendoes to match its lulling lows. We encounter the hypnotic power of love with Under A Spell, a big, anthemic track and a masterclass in smart pop, both perfect for the mainstream audience and more discerning, underground scene alike.
Like A Fool is sassy and sensual, its Latin-esque rhythms belying its message of toxicity and frustration before Nobody takes us through the real pain we have all experienced when the world falls apart and you realise that things have come to an end. But there is redemption in sight, Going Solo reminding us through its uplifting sounds and engaging ways as much as its direct lyrical communication that being on your own isn’t the same as being alone, that there is hope on the other side of a breakup and time spent just being yourself is good for the soul.
It’s a great cycle of songs, taking us through all the many aspects of love, good and bad, the highs and lows, the pain and the recovery. Musically too it works wonders, reminding us that pop can be clever, deep and meaningful.
I’m sure I have said it before but Dejhare is definitely an artist to watch, more so now than ever.