Six highlights from Dessa's Reddit "Ask Me Anything," plus her new single

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Yesterday, Dessa officially dropped "Call Off Your Ghost," the second single from the upcoming Parts of Speech. To celebrate, she took to Reddit to participate in the site's signature forum: An "AMA" -- that is, "Ask Me Anything," which is the equivalent of a no-holds Q&A between Dessa and her fans. Or at least, those of her fans who are on Reddit. And definitely a couple of participants who have maybe never heard her music at all.

To start it off, Dessa had a few questions of her own. "As an indie label, it's hard to be sure which of our strategies are working -- and which aren't," she wrote. "How did you hear about Doomtree's music? My music? Do you pre-order records? If not, why not?"

She got some answers. But the redditors were also curious about the conspiracies, the music, and the personal -- like whether the new album title is intentionally a nod at P.O.S., who she's dating, and how the new album evolved. Here are the highlights, followed by the new track.

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6. The most "up-voted" question is a stalwart: Have the differences between Doomtree members "ever caused tension within the collective?" user reltolschol asked. "Has anyone ever said 'I don't want to be a part of that track?'"

Cue Dessa:

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5. How's Stef?

"What's up with Steph's kidney?" asked redditor happytrees. "I really want him to stay alive. He can have mine if he wants (we have two, right?)."

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4. The personal stuff:

"Hey Dessa," wrote joshmo712, "you once told me at a Q & A session that we can get all up in your business, so I would like to know two things: 1. Who are you dating? Just out of complete and utter curiosity. I can't hold it in anymore. Are any of your songs about them? 2. Where do you consider to be your favorite restaurant/hang out place in the cities? 3. What is it like performing in front of your family? By now you've been doing it for a long time, but is it ever weird?"

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3. The evolution of the new album:

"Your show for Minnesota originals is one of the few shows that I'll watch start to finish on Youtube," wrote Barbas. "That show was 2 years ago I think and it featured songs from the upcoming album. How much do the songs evolve in that 2 years time? How different would you say the songs you recorded for the album are from the original ideas you had 2 years ago?"

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2. Music as a real job, and real work:

"How did you manage to make the transition from technical writing to the hip hop world?" asked trooftops. "When did you feel like music became your official career?"

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1. The Doomtree Conspiracy?
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To read the full conversation, check out Reddit. And take a listen to the new single here:
 
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