The debut album by DEYO has been described as damaged-pop music. Using field recordings, antique instruments, found sounds and creative recording techniques, it is a showcase of poly-fidelity and range. The sounds on this record take the listener on a journey from a San Francisco living room to a small Canadian hut in the mountains of Banff, from a museum in Paris to a taxi-cab in South America, only to be melded together in an Oakland warehouse recording studio. At once classic and futuristic, these songs are threaded together with catchy melodies and uncommon lyricism to create unique slices of textured pop. Working alongside co-producer & mixing engineer Jeremy Black (Ezra Furman, Du Blonde, Apollo Sunshine, Geographer, Langhorne Slim), every step of the way has been a sonic adventure. DEYO had some help on a few songs from grammy-winning engineer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen) and multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Beck, John Prine). Mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig, this album is a culmination of sonic experiments & life experiences.
This project began in total secrecy. The songs were never meant to make it past the confines of the voice memo application or the laptop hard drive. As the productions grew, so did the forbidden love that they were about. It was a sonic experiment in a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco, in which DEYO played most of the instruments. Co-producer Jeremy Black breathed a new life into the tracks by adding his signature electronic/organic drum sound, and pushing the boundaries of where these songs existed.
DEYO has recently shared the stage with Kevin Morby, Nels Cline (Wilco), Vulfpeck, Hiss Golden Messenger, Hand Habits, Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Vetiver, Lola Kirke, Matthew E. White, Marco Benevento, and Sam Cohen.