With an essential honesty to her lyrics coupled with a pained yet powerful voice, Jessie Reyez is the epitome of a raw and uncensored artist. Just last year, the Toronto singer and songwriter released her first official single, “Figures,” which proved to be a major crowd pleaser with over 1.5 million views on the simple but striking video. Even as she works towards the release of her debut EP, Jessie has already captured the attention of key players in the industry such as Zane Lowe, who premiered “Shutter Island” on Beats 1 earlier this week.
Today, Reyez shares a video for "Shutter Island," and it's another powerful effort. The clip begins in a similar way to “Figures,” with Reyez passionately singing directly into the camera, but things soon begin to unravel and become more like a scene from a horror movie. Every word is strategically crafted to share an overall story: a poisonous relationship holds her captive until she breaks free from the man. With self-evaluation and reflection, Reyez approaches her other self in the glass box, affirming her independence. “For a second I forgot I was a bad bitch,” she sings.
Telling us about the "Shutter Island" video, Jessie simply says, “Have you heard ‘Figures?’ It’s about the same guy…but I was angrier this time. Peter Huang, the video director, is a beast. The water was cold. As cold as my heart. Lol.”
Watch the premiere of the "Shutter Island" video above and see Jessie perform a beautiful live version of "Figures" below.