Jessy Lanza is an outlier whose decades-spanning inspirations range from synth pop and post-disco R&B to underground dance music such as footwork. A key Hyperdub artist, the singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer has released colorful albums of varying syntheses for the revered U.K. label. The first two, Pull My Hair Back (2013) and Oh No (2016), were shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in her native Canada. Rounded out by All the Time (2020), they have been written and recorded in such close collaboration with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan that Lanza has been at a loss to discern who did what, apart from the vocals. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Lanza grew up in a home with a basement that her father filled with music gear. She started playing piano and clarinet as a youngster. Lanza studied jazz and earned a music ...
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