"Writing the lyrics for Chime involved heading into territory I don't usually go as a songwriter: there's some humor, a rap song about my experiences traveling alone as a woman, one about my grandmother's death, and one unapologetic pop song – because I love pop too, dammit. The album includes beats by some of my favorite Doomtree producers (Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, Cecil Otter), but also involved a new collaborator, Andy Thompson. He added new sounds and melodies to the record and pushed me to use my voice differently for stronger, more expressive vocal takes.
"Two of the beats on the album were submitted by people I've never met, who responded to my call for mid-tempo production on Facebook, Anagram Norton and Chance Lewis. Chime is also the first album on which I produced a couple of tracks myself – a fact of which I am senselessly, insufferably proud. There are deliberate, writerly moments on this record, because I'm a writer and a neurotic. I'm also a daughter and a science nerd and a single woman in her 30s and an American freaked out by the stories on the news. And, in this particular moment, I am a person feeling excited, proud, and nervous to be a little more fully herself." - Dessa