“Tess Dunn’s upcoming third EP, Daydreamers is a compilation of some of the best sounds and hooks to show up from the “underground” side of the pop-rock genre in quite a while. Each track showcased on this upcoming release is well catered and filled with passion and a keen eye for detail that should have new listeners craving more, and loyal fans falling in love even more.”
"With poppy dark lyrics like Avril [Lavigne], and a pop twist on a garage punk sounds like Blink , Tess Dunn is definitely an artist that should inhabit everyone’s iPod."
"Featuring the same lyrical strengths as her previous release [Darling Just Walk], this album kicks it up a notch vocally and offers more of an upbeat, pop-rock feel."
"This time around, a newfound confidence—especially prevalent on feisty album opener 'Shame to See'—sets the tone for the EP, which is brimming with dance-ready anthems a la rock outfit Paramore... Honesty Box kicks up the tempo, production value, and girl power."
"These days, her pop rock songs... feature dynamic piano riffs, grungy guitars and catchy melodies over plaintive chord progressions and honest, revealing lyrics—not totally unlike a more candid Katy Perry or perhaps an in-control-of-her-life Courtney Love. Dunn's songs are well structured, too. In many songs, her quiet, contemplative verses build into exciting pre-chorus hooks and ultimately catchy choruses filled with interesting revelations."
“Honesty Box has a great caffinated garage sound not too dissimilar to the punk bands of 30 years ago. For someone of her age, Tess’s lyrics are brutally mature honest observations about friendship, love, sadness and romantic breakups. Honesty Box ends on a high note with Tess singing that 2012 is going to be her year. It certainly looks that way.”
“[Honesty Box] is a spirited collection of rich, often upbeat, occasionally plaintive indie rock, including the high-energy infectious 'The Year of Discovery' and emotionally revealing 'Before You Go.'”
“Dunn takes the stage with a little bit of keyboard and whole lot of talent belting out vocals in a distinctive voice that ranges in tone from sultry-smokey to sugary-sweet. With lyrics dark yet hopeful, Dunn counterpoints the Rebecca Blacks of the world playing a range of songs that hit with the energy of Blink 182 and the emotional intensity of a Fiona Apple ballad.”
“Dunn's new single, "Shame to See" is a far cry from songs off her debut album [Darling Just Walk]. Evoking the punk attitude of Avril Lavigne, "Shame to See" is a girl-powered pop song with rough-chick melodies, reminding us that, even through her tough experiences, Tess is still just a teen and proving that nothing can slow her down.”
“At the Cayuga Vault last weekend a graceful, raspy voice rang out over the sultry drumming of a piano played in a minor key. The voice and music belong to Tess Dunn, a 14-year-old eighth-grader and Santa Cruz local with a terminal illness and an inarguable musical gift.”
“Check out her song "Marionette of Me." I have a feeling Tess won't be "unsigned" for long, and if she does remain unsigned, it will be her choosing and not due to a lack of interest.”
“Right now, it looks as though things are going well for Tess. It's not obvious that she's fighting a serious disease when you meet her, or that she's an up-and-coming musician with great promise, but her big smile and bright eyes are a giveaway that she's exactly where she wants to be.”