Denton, TX singer/songwriter Jessie Frye has become something of a local institution since the release of her debut EP, The Delve, back in 2009. On the strength and reputation of that first collection of songs, she was invited to perform at SXSW that same year and began a round of extended touring with some local musicians whom she knew and had brought together to form a permanent band. Garnering critic praise from regional press in Fort Worth and Dallas, her work on a follow-up release was quickly started. Fireworks Child, her second EP, was released in 2011, and Frye and her band continued to tour and build on her already considerable fanbase, playing festivals and cities across the US. Having shared the stage with artists like Julianna Barwick and Joan As Police Woman (among dozens of others) — and played SXSW every year since 2009, along with repeat appearances at 35 Conferette in Denton – Frye has meticulously honed her gleaming, and at times densely packed, pop aesthetic. She and her band are primed to reach a much larger audience with the release of their debut LP, Obsidian, which is due out sometime later this fall and was funded via Kickstarter campaign.
For the lead single, Frye has chosen the percussively thudding, synth-drenched rocker, “White Heat.” Veering between smoky torch song tendencies and synth-pop theatrics, the track showcases the ways in Frye is able to shape her voice in memorable ways, while still allowing the ever spiraling rhythms and dense instrumentation to sit front and center. The way in which the music effortlessly interweaves with her voice without overpowering or drowning out her intimate vocal complexities is a testament to the intuitive interplay between all members of the band. A compelling example of how synth-pop can expand and develop past its bloated mainstream inclinations, “White Heat” is equal parts inclusive campfire storytelling and rafter-reaching pomp. Expect to hear more from Jessie Frye very soon.
Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the lead single, “White Heat,” from Jessie Frye’s upcoming debut LP, Obsidian.
Frye will be hitting the road for a short run of tour dates in support of Obsidian starting in mid-September. Check out those dates below.
Jessie Frye Tour Dates:
Sept 13th – Siloam Springs, AR @ Pour Jons
Sept 14th – St. Louis, MO @ Foam
Sept 20th – Bryan, TX @ Village Cafe
Sept 21st – Houston, TX @ Avant Garden
Sept 28th – Austin, TX @ Flipnotics
Oct 12th – Memphis, TN @ The Poplar Lounge