"Violent, soul. Tarantino." Are the three words Jessie Reyes uses when describing her aesthetic. As you Listen to, "Kiddo," Reyez's EP released last year, you feel the anger and angst in her voice.
The EP starts with "F**k It" which is a song with back and forth dialogue with a lover, which she so well captured by changing the sound of her voice as if there was a real conversation taking place. The simple production has serious focus on the diversity of range in Jessie Reyes's voice.
The song then leads into "Shutter Island" which takes you to the rabbit hole of emotions as a reaction to relationship turmoil. But, leave it to Reyez to really give you an uplifting message after all the angst. "Blue Ribbon" ft. Tim Suby, gives us a dance beat on her "I know who I am" anthem. She tells those with "poison...[to] keep that shit the fuck over there, please" while she focuses on family, and day ones on her team. Which goes into her softer tone in "figures" which was her breakout single, that you can listen to below.
To give the album a nice close she ends with more personality on "Gatekeeper". It encompasses the struggle and reality of oppression that the music industry has on females. It is a disturbing unspoken truth, but so relevant to share on her musical journey - specially on her EP perfectly titled, "Kiddo". Which ends with a recording of her parents wishing her a great birthday.
To kindly close the album, Jessie Reyez ends with my favorite uplifting song, "Great One" that shares the importance of community through family and team. You can hear the gratitude in her voice, as well as hard work and perseverance as she aims for "everything".
Listen to the Album below, and embrace her powerful voice. Also make sure to listen to Body Count, a new single released this weekend! Tell us what you think in a comment below.
photography by, Christopher Pierantoni (@s0_krispy)