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Albums Of The Week: Dawn Richard | Second Line

Afro-futurist electronica and New Orleans tradition get down on this unique offering.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Much like the New Orleans-born artist who created it, Dawn Richard’s Second Line is an unapologetic genre bender that pushes boundaries, expands possibilities, and shatters expectations. It’s more than just an album: Second Line is a cohesive sensory experience that questions traditional ideas of sound, production, and visual aesthetics as they relate to music. Its interlocking parts tell an epic story about the quest for artistic expression, with Dawn describing her project as “a movement to bring pioneering Black women in electronic music to the forefront.”

She elaborates further: “You never see women appreciated as producers and artists alike — especially Black women in the electronic space. The time is now for us to start recognizing their talent, not only in electronic music but in all genres. I wanna be the reason why a young Black girl from the South can be whoever she wants to be musically, visually, and artistically.” Second Line cuts to the chase with its opening suite of dancefloor bangers, immediately displaying Dawn’s mastery of layered production and melodic hooks. On the hypnotic Nosta­lgia, her pleas of “Do you love me anymore?” are answered on the following track Boomerang. Bussifame builds slowly and assuredly to become a feverish boogie before melting into the complex rhythms of Pressure. Second Line treats Louisiana Creole culture, New Orleans bounce, and Southern Swag as elemental, allowing Dawn to weave in and out of house, footwork, R&B, and more. As she says, “I am the genre.”