The Tulsa, OK-based duo, Desi and Cody, describe their second album, “Yes This Is Killing Us,” as a “dark comedy.” United both through music and matrimony, their latest collaboration exposes the perils and triumphs of relationships. Desi’s seductive voice combined with Cody’s emotive vocals and sweet harmonies, sonically manifest a refreshing homage to classic 60’s femme fatales with chamber pop and baroque textures which transform their Okie roots into the realm of futuristic folk.
“The entire album, “Yes, This Is Killing Us,” is more or less about touring and making records with your spouse, says Cody. The album launches with a haunting, new wave synth sound that swerves into a chorale on “It’s Our Thing.” “It is about not holding back with any preconceived notions,” explains Cody. “She’s No Good For You,” shines with Desi’s endearing, nostalgic singing, while stirring, melancholy “Rehearse The Lines,” marks the first time Desi’s recorded one her own compositions.
Desi and Cody chronicle on-the-road antics in the video for their sultry version of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game.” Director Miles Rogoish filmed eye-catching images from boondocks to the seediness of Hollywood. “Wicked Game” features an old keyboard to replace the iconic guitar line. “I used a Casio SK1,” Cody laughs. “It’s really a child’s sampling keyboard.”
Vibrant, jazzy horns gallantly accompany the twangy “mish mash” of “Savannah.” “Elija’s Song” is heartwarming, acoustic duet and tributes Cody’s best friend’s newborn son, “Just remember love is stronger than the setting sun.” Desi belts out a soulful groove with funky horns and syncopated beats for “Misunderstanding,” while “Stay,” recalls the flirtatious, girly-vocal simplicity of the British Invasion.
A native Oklahoman, and part Cherokee, Cody grew up in the backwoods while Desi grew up in the Northwest (Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR). She rediscovered her singing after connecting with Cody—who first heard her talent emanating from the shower.
Desi and Cody’s music possesses an inherent irreverence reminiscent of Lynch or Tarantino movies. Songwriting for Cody is a visual expression, “Film usually inspires me most,” he states.“ Their first two EPs, Cody’s “Dog Days Comin’” and Desi’s “In the Dead of Summer,” to positive response. They successfully used Kickstarter to crowdfund their latest album as well as their 2015 full-length debut, “Desi and Cody.” “No Depression” called their self-titled album “superb” while The Tulsa Voice” lauded: “there’s no higher praise an album could receive.”
“Yes, This Is Killing Us,” concludes with the multi-layered,alluring pop melody of “Open Your Eyes.” It is a peek into the ups and downs of marriage,” explains Cody, “as well as, at the same time being in a band.” While there may be profounddoubts of the journey they have engaged, in the end there is a sweetness that is meant to both comfort and incite:‘Everything's turning out right.’ ”
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