Album Review | Morning After- dvsn

After the success of the 2016 release of their debut album, SEPT 5TH, Canadian R&B duo, dvsn have quietly blossomed into significant artists that continue to grow well under the OVO owl wings of Drake.

If classic and powerful R&B is what you’re seeking, dvsn is bringing it with smooth, sensual sounds paired with deep drum beats in their newest album, Morning After. The album sways from serene violin and rhythmic percussion in songs such as album opener, “Run Away” to hypnotic trap beats, synths and samples in songs such as “Don’t Choose” and “Think About Me”.

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dvsn @ Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON | The Vinyl Dish

But of course, it’s not just the musical arrangements that make the album. Lead vocalist, Daniel Daley unquestionably shows off his soulful vocal chops in every song. Most especially in powerful, gospel-like songs such as “Body Smile” or “Mood” where Daley escalates his voice into a romantic, seductive falsetto that pairs perfectly with the soft drum beats and whimsical piano. Additionally, besides ย the excellent vocals and musical styling, passionate lyrics of both relationship struggles and the strong desire for body to body communication are well-knit into the lyrics of the entire album- in true R&B fashion.

Flowing from soft, smooth melodies to more up-beat tempos in songs such as “Can’t Wait”, it’s clear dvsn is carving out a lane of their own in the R&B world by means of interweaving classic R&B style with the trap beats and synths of today. It may take a couple of listens to genuinely absorb the musical inventiveness of the latest project from this dynamic duo, but it’s definitely worth a listen.

Author: sanahahsan

Sanah is a recent Business graduate from the University of Guelph-Humber. She is a self-proclaimed foodie with a social media obsession and a love of music, travel and culture.

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