Jessie Reyez Gives Voice to Anger to Find Closure on New Album “YESSIE” — See Her at The Hollywood Palladium on Monday, Oct. 24

Jessie Reyez
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Jessie Reyez has annihilated any possibility of a sophomore slump with the coming of her second album YESSIE, catch her live on tour starting this month with a date at The Hollywood Palladium on Monday, Oct. 24. On her latest collection the Toronto-based artist cranks up the dial on her merciless and gutting, openhearted lyricism. And out of that supercolossal well of emotion, she composes equally grandiose sonic soundscapes and virulent anthems.

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Armed with an arsenal of relentless bars aimed directly at emotionally vampiric exes and the drain of fake friends is an unabashed contemplation on the anger Reyez feels when remembering past scars. “Oh, you wanna build now? Look who’s askin’ / Oh, you wanna link now? Look who’s laughin'” Reyez snaps amidst the ecstatic crescendos of album opener “Mood.” Later on, in the rhapsodic “Queen St. W,” she goes right for the throat of a cheating ex; while the stunning ballad and haunting swells of strings in “Mutual Friend” underscore the fact that Reyez’s ecstatic wails carry much of the album.

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On tracks like the 90’s R&B throwback “Hittin” and slow-burner “Only One,” she steps out from behind her scars long enough to revel in the possibility of romance while also making it crystal clear what she needs from them. Then there’s the disco-infused “Tito’s,” which stands out on the album with its shimmering melodies and Reyez’s half-murmured, coyly-cooed lyrics. If you weren’t a fan of Reyez’s emphatic style and incisive music before after YESSIE you’ll find it hard to pull away from the breathless passion her songs are always so saturated with.

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Jessie Reyez will be going on tour this month with a stop at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 and at SOMA in San Diego on Oct. 25. After she’s done with the states she’s heading to Europe so be sure to catch her wherever she’s stopping near you! Reyez is not the performance you want to miss out on — if you think the songs on YESSIE or her previous albums like BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US are charged with power just wait until you hear her live.

Visit her website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Jessie Reyez Tour

October 13th – Miami, FL – The Oasis
October 15th – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
October 16th – Houston, TX – House of Blues
October 18th – Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 19th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
October 20th – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
October 23rd – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
October 24th – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
October 25th – San Diego, CA – SOMA
October 27th – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
October 28th – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
October 30th – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
October 31st – Vancouver, BC – The Orpheum
November 2nd – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
November 3rd – Denver, CO – Summit
November 6th – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
November 8th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
November 11th – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
November 13th – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
November 14th – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
November 16th – Charlotte, NC – Underground at The Fillmore
November 17th – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
November 19th – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
November 20th – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
November 22nd – Boston, MA – House of Blues
November 26th – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
November 28th – Toronto, ON – HISTORY
December 2nd – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
December 4th – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

Mon 16 Jan – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Tue 17 Jan – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Thur 19 Jan – Berlin, Germany – Metropol
Fri 20 Jan – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
Sun 22 Jan – Paris, France – Le Trianon
Mon 23 Jan – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max
Wed 25 Jan – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Thur 26 Jan – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Sat 28 Jan – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 1
Sun 29 Jan – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
Tue Jan 31 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Words by Steven Ward

Listen to YESSIE the new album from Jessie Reyez below!

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