May 26, 2020 by 1888media
Fresh from a vibey cover of Charli XCX’s “Boys,” which Popdust christened more soulful than the original, indie pop artist Devon has announced Sitting Up Straight, her fourth collection of thoughtful examinations of life in translation.
Introducing the EP with the sun-streaked leanings of “Never Mind,” Devon emulates the lilting beauty of vintage Stevie Nicks soaring amidst the modern soundscapes of The 1975.
Raised in a musical family, Devon knew that she was destined for a life-long musical journey. At an early age, she was writing and self-producing her music and by the time she was a teenager, she released her well-received debut Love & Haight. The 2014 album was championed by 34th Street Magazine and WRUV in Burlington which compared her to Alanis Morissette.
That year, she traversed the Eastern U.S., playing select dates on the Vans Warped Tour. Along the way, she enlisted two dozen artists including Bebe Rexha, New Years Day, Mayday Parade, We The Kings, Lynn Gvnn, of PVRIS, and Metro Station, fashioning in-the-moment cameos into a charming montage for her “Dance With Me” music video.
Those experiences helped shape her 2017 album What If I, which included the breakout, “Heart,” and provided a foundation for her introspective 2019 EP, Songs from the Back of a Bar, which found LeFuture Wave praising its “Quirky melodies which create a wonderful soundscape.” Standouts included, “I’ll Remember This,” which received a Jake Justice remix, and “I Bet You’d Like Me Better at Coachella,” an ode to self-actualization.
It’s all brought her to Sitting Up Straight, a self-assured landscape of purpose and pace. Colored with shades of Lorde, Tones And I and Suzanne Vega, Devon delves into the throes of adulthood with a confident groove.
Helmed by Grammy-Award winning producer Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios, tracks like the soulful opener “Just Begun” and the majestic waterfall, “Careful,” which echoes Feist and Florence + The Machine, exude strength born from an earthquake of malaise. From there, the jazzy strut of “Want to Know,” with some tasty guitar work from Christian O’Connor, bristles with euphoric energy while the electronic-tinged anthem, “I Won’t,” showcases the emotional evolution of an artist sitting up straight and dictating her fate.
A staple of the music scene in NYC and Philadelphia, playing Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Hard Rock Cafe and World Cafe Live, Devon has amassed a fervent regional following with passionate performances.
WXPN, an influential NPR station in Philly, applauded “Her lyrics, direct and highly personal, combined with an eccentricity, bubbly and beaming,” while the Queens Gazette was equally captivated, calling her set, “Warm & inviting.” Within the current Safer-At-Home terrain, she continues to connect with fans with a steady stream of sense and sensibility.
Sitting Up Straight will be available October 2 via AWAL with “Never Mind” set to arrive on July 10.