British singer Jessi Frey returns with “Villainess”!
Jessi Frey is a dark synthwave artist from Bristol, UK. First known as the frontwoman of the Finnish industrial metal band Velcra, Jessi Frey combined the hard with the soft in both her vocals and her songwriting. Her vocals were praised for effortlessly flipping between powerful screams and soft melodies.
Velcra was signed to Virgin Records after releasing just one demo. All of their three albums entered the Finnish charts and the band was nominated as the best newcomer in the Finnish Grammy’s. Velcra toured extensively across Finland and Europe with bands such as Guano Apes, Oomph! and Suburban Tribe, before disbanding at the end of 2008.
After Velcra, Jessi took a break from music and moved permanently to Bristol. In 2018 she announced unexpectedly that she was working on a solo debut, due for release in 2019. The new album sees Jessi moving from the metal influences and screams to sleek 80’s inspired synth pop. Her songs are catchy and dance-oriented, but her sound is still dark, and her voice as captivating as ever.
Jessi has written and programmed all songs herself. Stating Depeche Mode’s “Violator” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” as her biggest influences, she also drew inspiration from contemporaries such as La Roux, Grimes, Roisin Murphy, Robyn, Rina Sawayama. In addition she has a special affinity with the dark synth scene where many artist have a background in metal music and a love of 80’s synth pop.
Jessi’s first single “Dark Heart”, released on 8 February 2019, gives a taste of what to expect from the album. The track draws influence from the dark synthwave scene, and combines it with her moody pop vocals. The result is a catchy but dark retro pop track. The full album “Villainess” will be released on 23 August.
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