DRAMA: Chicago duo share new track & video “Years”-Debut album ‘Dance Without Me’ out Feb 14th on Ghostly International

January 15, 2020
Photo credit: Zoe Rain


– Share new single & video “Years”
– Debut album 
Dance Without Me’ 
  Out February 14th on Ghostly International 
– Headline dates at London’s Heaven & Manchester Night & Day this month!

Ahead of headline shows at London’s Heaven and Manchester Night & Day Cafe at the end of this month,Chicago duo DRAMA have shared another track from their forthcoming debut album ‘Dance Without Me’, which is set for February 14th release via Ghostly International.

‘Dance Without Me’ is a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance, as heard on previous singles “Hold On”,“Gimme Gimme” and “Nine One One”. Today, they have shared the first video and new single “Years.” 

“This track is a bittersweet song about the conflict of wanting to let go but still hold onto someone you love, but you know they’re not right for you,” Via Rosa notes. “It’s about knowing you should walk away but also wanting to confess your unconditional and eternal love.”

Speaking about the video, director Adam Chitayat adds: “Filmed practically, we set out to create a series of otherworldly, constantly transitioning spaces for DRAMA to perform through. Emotions can feel like they take us on a ride, floating us forward and bringing us towards things we need to tackle in our lives. The floating and the spaces seek to represent the themes of the song – speaking to your own heart, confronting your past and opening yourself back up to vulnerability.”

DRAMA is a collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style, and vocalist Via Rosa’s soulful delivery, which is inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns of hip-hop and bossa nova. The duo play to the complementary dynamics of their unlikely pairing, blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss, and their debut album is a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance.

The Chicago-based pair’s debut album appears remarkably refined for a young band, with Rosa’s lyrical candour creating expressionistic narratives about interpersonal intricacies all finessed for the club by Shehade. As a lyricist, Rosa takes her blues and makes them vibrant — rather than wallow alone, she sashays. “This album is dedicated to the people watching their friend’s love-lives grow and happen around them, and not having anyone,” notes Rosa. There is lush lovelorn affliction blended into the tracks on ‘Dance Without Me’.  

Rosa grew up in a musical household; her parents played in a reggae band and toured as a family, homeschooling Rosa into her early teens and limiting her listening primarily to Sade, oldies, Brazilian and Afrobeat music. She kept poetry journals and by high school started writing songs and making beats. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Rosa connected with THEMPeople, a collective at the center of the city’s sprawling hip-hop scene. Meanwhile, Shehade inherited an entrepreneurial drive from his late father, who immigrated from Palestine to the United States in the 1970s to build a better life. Born in Chicago, Shehade fell in love with DJ culture as a kid and took up music production and engineering; his interest eventually led to professional opportunities, including early studio work with Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and music projects for MTV and Bravo. Since a chance meeting in 2014 lead to the creation of DRAMA, the duo has bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit. 

‘Dance Without Me’ will be released on February 14th, 2020. Pre-order it here.

DRAMA European live dates:
Jan 29 Manchester, UK @ Night and Day Cafe
Jan 30 London, UK @ Heaven

Feb 01 Paris, FR @ Le 1999
Feb 02 Brussels, BE @ Le Botanique (Witloof Bar)
Feb 04 Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
Feb 05 Cologne, DE @ Studio 672
Feb 06 Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
Feb 07 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso *SOLD OUT*

DRAMA NA live dates:
Feb 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Feb 27 – San Diego, CA @  Music Box
Feb 28 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Feb 29  – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *SOLD OUT*
Mar 04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 06 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Mar 07 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Mar 18 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
Mar 19 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
Mar 20 – Montréal,QC @ Le Ministère
Mar 21 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Mar 26 – Brooklyn,NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 28 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Apr 03 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Apr 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Apr 30 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
May 01 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 02 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda

‘Dance Without Me’ track list:
01. 7:04 AM
02. Years
03. Forever and a Day
04. Hold On
05. Gimme Gimme
06. Good For Nothing
07. People Like You
08. Days and Days
09. Lifetime
10. Nine One One
11. Dance Without Me

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