Deanna Devore Goes All Out on 'half and half'

Devore shows off her enchanting voice on her new EP.

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Deanna Devore just dropped her latest EP, half and half.

The EP was self-produced by Devore in her home studio in Toronto, and she also plays all the instruments on half and half. The title refers to the EP's structure, with half the songs reflecting Devore's mesmerizing electronic sound, while the other half feature an unplugged acoustic style.

Devore explains the Janus-like EP, saying, "I'd like to be known for my versatility and love to write in various different genres, while still maintaining a consistency."

Splitting her time between Chicago and Toronto, Devore has performed at Summerfest, NXNE, CMJ, and 80/35, as well as sharing the stage with Jamie Cullum, Bonobo, SG Lewis, Lapalux, Kat Edmonson, and Basia Bulat.


Encompassing seven-tracks, the EP opens with an R&B-flavored tune, called "Seven Eight." A lightly sparkling filament of pop energy runs through the chorus, giving the tune a cool, tantalizing ambience. My personal favorite is "Effortlessly," a sophisti-pop tune laced with smooth R&B coloration. Vaguely reminiscent of Sade, the music flows on sensuous textures.

"A Cause" rides a creamy electronic R&B melody full of lustrous harmonies. Elegant surface harmonics flow as Devore's hushed, fragrant tones provide hypnotic hues. "Fuels" drifts along gentle colors and a measured rhythm. Suffused with soft luminous timbres, Devore's voice is positively enchanting.

Of the three remaining songs – "In A Way," "Breathing Room," and "When I Go Home" – the first two are acoustic numbers with a Joni Mitchell-like feel. "When I Go Home" blends electronic elements with undulating orchestral-lite dynamics.

With half and half, Deanna Devore demonstrates her versatility and the haunting beauty of her buttery, entrancing voice.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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