Dave's Debut Album 'Psychodrama' Will Be Analysed In Spotify's New 'Decode' Podcast Series

Dave's Debut Album 'Psychodrama' Will Be Analysed In Spotify's New 'Decode' Podcast Series

April 15, 2021

Hit US-based, Spotify Originals podcast Dissect, which analyses culture's most significant albums, is to premiere in the UK as Decode from April 22. The first series jumps off with a deep-dive analysis into Dave's multi-award-winning debut Psychodrama and its cultural influence in the two years since its release.

Hosted by Zambian-British poet and author Kayo Chingonyi, the 11 episodes will explore lyrics, structure and the themes of the modern British Black experience that are reflected within the project. The Decode podcast is informed by a team of researchers that includes Axel Kacoutié, Rapsz Katai, James McNally, Shara Rambarran, Raymond Tannor, Jack Howson, Ami Bennett, and Complex EIC and TRENCH co-founder Joseph 'JP' Patterson.

Kayo Chingonyi explained: "As someone who specialises in the space where poetry meets music, I knew there were some poetic techniques in Dave's work, but I didn't fully understand how central a role poetics and narrative play in his writing. On these tracks, the story, and the way Dave tells it, is as or sometimes more important than the instrumentation. I feel like Decode offers an insight into how Dave's kind of lyricism works on an album like Psychodrama because we talk about how skilful he is with words not just to tell a story but as a way of revelling in the musicality of language for its own sake. It was fun to talk about those poetic flourishes and how, in a very intentional way, Dave fashions a vivid portrait of life's lowest lows and highest highs."

He added: "To me, the album connects with Britain's long history of colonialism and in particular the effects of this on Black people, specifically, and immigrants to the UK more generally. The ways that institutions treat people. I feel like there's a deep connection between this album and those issues. The renewed questions that people have been asking of institutions like the police force in the last few years are the questions Dave is wrestling with on this album."

You can listen to the trailer below.