Song of the day: Dezi 5 – “The night”
The new single from the acclaimed North Texas Performer is a relaxing ode to late-night revelry and ideal listening to when you come home.
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Dezi 5 – “The night”
RIYL: become one with the evening
What else you need to know: After a stint in New York City, Dezman Lehman returned to North Texas – and even settled in with a jazz music residency Wednesday night at the newly opened new Deep Ellum venue, Cheapsteaks.
But the stellar live artist is still firmly entrenched in the R&B and pop realms, having released a new single and a video directed by Erin Shea Devany titled “The Night” for her nickname Dezi 5.
Bouncing between a cold vibe and its strong melodic hook, it’s not exactly a bedtime tune. It’s more for walking back, walking down a long sidewalk, and up the stairs while you seek some peace and quiet before you lay your head down.
Throughout the song, Lehman sings with a good dose of soul over mid-tempo beats, and the extra amount of reverb provided to his voice in the production is a nice touch. Like an audio journey, there is joy to be heard in Lehman’s voice, revealing a song shrouded in the last hours of the night.
The key strength of this melody, however, lies in the keyboards. As a mixed hook pushing Fender Rhodes style sound and with choppy beats, Lehman belts all he can on top of the instrumentation. The strings that elevate the debate towards the end of the song are also a really nice touch.
Without reading the lyrics too much, the song comes across as a call to the creatures of the night to be happy and together – and today, because the future is not always guaranteed.
Cover photo via Dezi 5’s Facebook page.