Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jonny Dee premieres the music video for “You” on Medium. The song is from Dee’s debut album, The Human Experience, initially recorded in Dee’s La Jolla apartment, followed by re-recording and mixing by Sean Powers.
“You” is about love, and its universal sense of imminence within the human consciousness. Love is the a priori emotion, the one emotion all mankind attempts to imagine from its nature or condition in the mind. In other words, we dream of being in love and how happy it will make us.
Dee explains the song’s inspiration, saying, “‘You’ was a song I felt like had to be written. When love is seen and advertised in our modern day culture, it tends to be romantic love between two people. I wanted to make a song that gave hope to all of those who aren’t experiencing this romantic love. Hope that love is out there, and they can find it. I wanted to let everyone feel this type of love. Whether they had never felt it before, feel it every day, or miss a feeling they once had.”
Based in San Diego, Dee describes his sound as “psychedelic hip-hop,” a blending of hip-hop, funk, R&B, soul, rock, and psychedelia into music defying labels and categories. Even Dee’s subject matter flouts run-of-the-mill hip-hop’s portrayal of happiness as an ocean of money and a harem of women. Instead, Dee raps about meditation, romantic love, and self-respect.
“You” opens on gleaming, gliding tones flowing into an emo-trap tune brimming with flavors of cool R&B and tinges of creamy dream pop. A thumping kick drum carries the percussive rhythm, along with a fat bass line. A tight and right dirty guitar solo closes the song out with cashmere zest.
Dee’s smooth tenor, rich and mellow, delivers a delicious rapping flow rife with velvety melodicism. Radiant backing harmonies infuse the tune with dreamy suffusions, emerging on soft glowing colors.
The music video, starring Dee and Teodora Marcella, depicts the tandem dreamscapes of Dee and Marcella, as both build castles in the air as they conjure up visuals of idyllic love with the perfect person. In the end, Dee plays his guitar outside her window and catches her interest.
With “You,” Jonny Dee flawlessly balances flavors of hip-hop, R&B, and dream-pop, resulting in an irresistible sonic concoction.