Dear Midnight is an electronic music duo from the San Francisco Bay area. The duo formed in 2020 and is fronted by Jessa Callen, a conservatory trained songwriter and harpist. Jessa has worked on productions such as Mozart in the Jungle, Bel Canto, and Confessions of a Shopaholic and previously was a Cordless Recordings (Warner) artist with her group The Callen Sisters.
Dear Midnight blends wordsmithing with jazz harmony and electronic grooves to create songs that speak to the heart and soul of issues like the un-reality of social media, temptation, opioid addiction, and unconditional love. Both versatile multi-instrumentalists, they wrote and recorded their debut EP, Siren Song, in their home studio, combining 90’s trip-hop with electro-pop sensibilities, filtered through the lens of a singer-songwriter.
The duo just released their downtempo and chillhop song “Take Hold” about being seduced by your own vices in an attempt to make the pain go away. Of course, in the end, that never works. The song was produced, performed and recorded by Dear Midnight in their home studio and is reminiscent of 90’s downtempo, blending chill grooves, deep bass and poignant lyrics. “Take Hold” is the band’s second single from their upcoming EP, Siren Song, set for release on May 20th, 2022.
“Take Hold” has a Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell style in the structure with a chiller version of Massive Attack meets Portis Head in the overall sound and vocals. She sings moving lyrics like “took it too far” and “I don’t understand why you let him take hold” over a deep electronic piano melody, telling us what it means to put your vices first.
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