A few months ago, Denai Moore piqued our collective curiosity with bold visuals for her single "Cascades." The trippy tune also came with the announcement of her long-awaited third album, Modern Dread. While the title and packaging are certainly a reflection of the current times, the project also explores Ms. Moore's personal growth and her evolution as an artist.
"When I started this new cycle, I didn’t know where it was going to take me," she admits via Instagram, "but I knew I had to dig deeper sonically to grow as an artist. Completely overwhelmed by the current social climate, politics, the environment, anxious-ness, inner turmoil (whew!) – making this record really helped me to tackle feeling over-saturated in this modern age."
Modern Dread is a stark contrast from Denai's previous album We Used To Bloom, both in length and composition. With transcendent production from Alex Robertshaw (of rock band Everything Everything) and Tom A.D Fuller, the Bounce-Worthy singer-songwriter successfully transitions to a more electro-pop sound with dark undertones. Whether it's an unexpected beat drop ("Too Close"), ominous synth and brooding beats ("To The Brink") or swagged-out bounce ("Slate"), we're loving how Denai maintains pristine vocals yet fully leans into this experimental vibe.
The transformation isn't just evident throughout the 13-song collection, it's displayed in spellbinding, futuristic visuals for tracks like "Motherless Child" and "Fake Sorry" as well. Preview Modern Dread and peep the visuals below, then download a copy via your favorite retailer. The album is also available in hard copy as a Lucky-dip colored vinyl, an eco-friendly pressing method that yields unique colors with marbled effects.