I’m just about ready to have Spotify’s children because of all the great music its Discovery Playlist feature has led me to, and Denitia and Sene’s sexy, chilled out, contemplative album is my first choice to soundtrack the endeavor.
The duo met in 2011 in the Brooklyn creative commune known as The Collective, and in what seems like an act of fate, fell creatively in love with each other. Blending Denitia’s soft, silky, voice and Sene’s pure gift of production, the two create perfect artistic synergy- a quietly explosive combination of trip hop, synth pop, and R&B.
Their 2013 debut album ‘his and hers.’ is hypnotic, minimal (almost to the point of perfection), all while remaining entirely natural. The “battle of the sexes” subset of moody indie pop, best exemplified by the xx’s debut xx, has obvious appeal: seductive, murmured exchanges, quiet yearning, dissection of relationship dynamics, etc. What sets Denitia and Sene apart from these similar acts while sticking to its major themes, however, is the fact that they see situations from completely different points of view.
The LP’s lead single “Casanova,” details the dissolution of a relationship in light of an affair. Sene is the bitter ex finally accepting his loss to the titular character in a soft falsetto, while Denitia is contemplating what her choice will be between her two lovers, all set to a groovy electronic beat.
Another standout is how to satisfy., a true R&B solo showcasing just how silky smooth Denitia’s voice really is (and how simultaneously reminiscent it is of Sade and Portishead), pulling pages from the genre’s early 2000’s golden age. The song is fun, flirtatious, and definite mood music. Despite it’s simplicity, this track includes some of my favorite lyrics from the album: “Treat her like a sunrise, setting over empty beaches. Watch her go down, and treat her like a bag of peaches.”
“his and hers.” clocks in at only 35 minutes (even less if you cut out the skits that end most of the songs on the album), which is just enough time to be completely entranced by its 8-bit lullabies, but short enough that it isn’t relegated to background noise.
Bonus Track: I actually discovered this band when Spotify suggested “breathe.scream.dream.” a stand alone single sung primarily by Sene in his ambiguous, Rhye/Sade-esque falsetto. He anxiously delivers his first thing in the morning thoughts to a droning background, making this (in my humble opinion) their sexiest song to date.