NYC singer Amy Douglas makes her official DFA debut with "Never Saw It Coming," a limited release 12" single co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, with two remixes by Sheffield artist Crooked Man.
With a five-octave range and a diverse background in performance, ranging from rock to soul to jazz, Douglas' voice is the heart of the song, lending heightened drama to the steady mechanical funk of Wagner's production. The two remixes by DFA artist Crooked Man let the track grow and build slowly with longer, lush arrangements, while his hypnotic dub doubles down on the woozy bassline and has Amy's vocals echoing out into the ether.
Though this is Douglas' first release on the label, she is no stranger to the DFA roster. She is the voice behind "Happiness," the epic closing track on Crooked Man's self-titled 2016 LP, and also appears on the forthcoming Crooked Man album, due out on DFA this fall. Amy also works with Juan Maclean as one half of Peach Melba, who have released singles on both DFA and Defected / Classic. Crooked Man's signature maximalist house sound has always been complemented by the support of strong female vocalists, and together the pair take each other's work to a new level for an impressive collaboration. Rumor has it they're currently working on more tracks togetherâ€¦
Lots of artists these days aim to 'reimagine' the sounds of disco, house, and soul, but Amy Douglas and Crooked Man are creating something all their own that pulls from the best of times past, while also looking decidedly forward.
It's either her second album or her ninth, depending on how you count, which means Amy O is both a new artist and a veteran. Growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she taught herself to play guitar and write songs, eventually recording a series of lo-fi albums as she moved around the country for college and work. The endeavor was more about her own experience: the thrill and the discipline of making art. "Songwriting became a way for me to process things and make sense of my life. I got hooked on it emotionally."
Today, Amy's songwriting processes remains the same. 'Elastic' is an album about learning to live in your own inescapable skin- a challenge that defines not just Amy's life, but everybody's existence. Identifying that universal truth has shaped Amy into an exciting and insightful artist, one who is no longer making music for herself but is working to command whatever stage she steps onto. "I always had an aversion to being a girl onstage with a guitar singing quiet songs. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but I always knew I wanted to do something with a bit more volume, a bit more anger. I'm just now figuring out how to represent myself, and I think a lot of that has to do with feminism- learning how to be loud and take over a room, when those are things I've been socialized not to do. It's been a very powerful realization that I can do that."