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ROSETTA

by Dua Saleh

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bearfromspace wow...this entire ep is a demonstration of dua saleh's talent and wide range of styles

they're incredible, pick this up. Favorite track: cat scratch.
drey
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drey dua is fucking awesome

i love the more apparent alt rock sound coming out in this >:)

also naming your project after sister rosetta tharpe is badass in & of itself i'd say Favorite track: umbrellar.
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Heddbuzz The only album in this collection that isn't rock or metal. (ain't it funny how it be) Coincidentally and unfortunately, so far it's also the only release by a black underground artist. She's amazing btw and picking a fave track is difficult - back-and-forth between smut, hellbound, cat scratch and bankrupt. Favorite track: cat scratch.
jacensolodjo
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jacensolodjo Mix and matching genres, fusing into their own thing. Dua tries new thing and it works perfectly for them. Good sound, purists need not apply. Favorite track: hellbound.
A.T.L
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A.T.L Really beautiful EP. A bit softer than Nūr, but just as good. Honestly the only thing I would change is that I still wish there were more songs. Hyped for the next release. Favorite track: bankrupt.
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humanryley intense and haunting Favorite track: hellbound.
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    Dua Saleh returns with a new EP titled ROSETTA, a name inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneering black artist who became known as the Godmother of rock and roll. Like Dua, Sister Rosetta Tharpe wasn’t afraid of violating taboos or religious dogma. Tharpe wowed both churches and juke joints with distorted guitar stylings and a flamboyant stage presence. And though she was married several times, she was known to have had romantic relationships with women. Dua draws a parallel to Tharpe with their own biography of growing up queer in a strict Muslim household. They channel Tharpe’s self-assured swagger as they fearlessly recount intimate encounters.

    The production on ROSETTA is high voltage and nuanced, helmed by executive producer, Psymun, with assistance from Sir Dylan and Andrew Broder. Songs like "smut" and "hellbound" are built on top of hypnotic vocals that crisscross with synths and guitars over drums that quake. With an economy of language that reflects their background as a poet, Dua patches together lucid memories of blunt ashes and boots caked with dirt. Flashbacks of intimate scars are transposed with epic imagery and a regal disposition descending into the underworld. ROSETTA is both sanctified and sacrilegious; holy and godless; angelic and demonic. Sounds like Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sounds like Dua Saleh.

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cat scratch 01:59
2.
umbrellar 02:35
Broken my umbrellar in the storm (oh) Baby said she likes to keep me warm (oh oh) Diamonds was embedded on her horn (beep beep) Driving through the tunnels in the morn (wake up) Her father owns a factory making corn (chomp chomp) Told me that she wasn't natural born (what?) Stolen off a planet I was torn (hmm) Chamomile’s a luxury adorned (ahh) Last pint from that last night I don’t know if that was real And I swear I’m superstitious Bout her sex appeal Last blunt from that last night I don’t know if that was real When she brought her wand out I knew I had lost our deal I really gutted out her womb A fickle fight an icky croon Her breath condensed into a flume and pulls her eyes into a tomb Fuck her whip she rode a broom Casts a spell onto the moon All this worth that she exhume All this worth that she exhume Last pint from that last night I don’t know if that was real And she knows I’m superstitious Bout her sex appeal Last pint from that last night I don’t know if that was real And I swear I’m superstitious Bout her sex appeal Last blunt from that last night I don’t know if that was real When she brought her wand out I knew I had lost our deal
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smut 04:04
4.
windhymn 03:25
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hellbound 03:26
How you on my lips you must be spellbound Got these birdies singing making frail sounds Girl you caught in Lucifer Labelle town Diaphragm of sulfur in the air how? Boy you looking crooked why you pale brown? Must have took your shorty out them fairgrounds Brought her to my show and she my fan now I don’t even know her why she bow down? Jumped into the portal call me Hades of the grim No I ain’t no angel I ain’t fall in from the brim Pretty motherfucker I took Flacko for a spin You should look within have you shaking through your limbs Pumping all this trauma to your veins until you swim Boy don’t call your mama cause she sloppy on the whim Metal to her drama cause her heart was made of tin Boy that’s just the karma she accrued because of sins Hellbound Bitch you on my dick you must be spellbound Got these birdies singing making frail sounds Girl you caught in Lucifer Labelle town Diaphragm of sulfur in the air now Boy you looking crooked why you pale brown? Must have took your shooter out them fairgrounds Brought him to the show and he my fan now I ain’t even want him why he bow down? How how how? Jumped into the portal call me Hades of the grim No I ain’t no angel I ain’t fall in from the brim Pretty motherfucker I took Flacko for a spin You should look within Have you shaking through your limbs Pumping all the trauma to your veins until you cringe Boy don’t call your mama cause she sloppy on the whim Metal to the drama she was sucking on my fin Boy that’s just the karma you accrued because of sin Hellbound Why you fucking hellbound? Bitch you on my dick you must be spellbound Hellbound Got these birdies singing making frail sounds Now you talkin' tough
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bankrupt 02:07

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Dua Saleh returns with a new EP titled ROSETTA, a name inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneering black artist who became known as the Godmother of rock and roll. Like Dua, Sister Rosetta Tharpe wasn’t afraid of violating taboos or religious dogma. Tharpe wowed both churches and juke joints with distorted guitar stylings and a flamboyant stage presence. And though she was married several times, she was known to have had romantic relationships with women. Dua draws a parallel to Tharpe with their own biography of growing up queer in a strict Muslim household. They channel Tharpe’s self-assured swagger as they fearlessly recount intimate encounters.

The production on ROSETTA is high voltage and nuanced, helmed by executive producer, Psymun, with assistance from Sir Dylan and Andrew Broder. Songs like "smut" and "hellbound" are built on top of hypnotic vocals that crisscross with synths and guitars over drums that quake. With an economy of language that reflects their background as a poet, Dua patches together lucid memories of blunt ashes and boots caked with dirt. Flashbacks of intimate scars are transposed with epic imagery and a regal disposition descending into the underworld. ROSETTA is both sanctified and sacrilegious; holy and godless; angelic and demonic. Sounds like Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sounds like Dua Saleh.

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released June 12, 2020

Executive Produced by Psymun
Mixed & Mastered by Alec Ness
Creative & Art Direction by Braden Lee

℗ 2020 AGAINST GIANTS® LLC

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Dua Saleh Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dua Saleh made a lasting first impression in 2019 with their debut Nūr EP, receiving critical acclaim from Pitchfork, The FADER, COLORS, and more. Born in Sudan and raised in the Midwest, Dua is queer, gender nonconforming, and is addressed with they/them pronouns. Dua invites listeners into an undefined space through full-sensory lyricism and the singularity of their distinct voice. ... more

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