Mal Devisa is the Amherst, Massachusetts based solo project of 18 year old vocalist, poet, and artist Deja Carr. Carr began playing music at age 12 when she and a group of friends started all-female band Who’da Funk it? After 5 years of performing, writing and recording, Carr began to learn bass and save scraps of her forgotten songs. Mal Devisa was born soon after, out of slanted basement walls and busted, dusty kick drums.
The sound is a hail-storm of genre-defying magic that spans jazz, noise, folk, hip hop, experimental and many other forms. Her lyrics are venomous and then sweet, her rhythms are lightning and whisper into the haunting DIY spaces she stumbles into. Afropunk writes: “Her ambient tracks invite the listener to get lost in a world that is of her own devising.“ Mal Devisa’s sound is one you should see to truly hear. With incredible live performances, the project becomes more of a feeling, a moment, a time in space that requires you to get real and lost, with no intentions of being found.
In the past two years, Mal Devisa has earned her way into the arms of many beloved spaces such as NPR, Afro-punk, Cypher-league and various Indie music sources. Her constant touring and ability to store socks in her bass-case indicate she will not be stopping any time soon.