Jessie Reyez - “Shutter Island”
Whenever an artist has a debut song as strong as Jessie Reyez' "Figures," there's a tendency to hold your breath and hope it wasn't a fluke. In this case, it turns out that fear was unwarranted. Reyez is special. With the release of her follow-up "Shutter Island,” the Toronto singer proves there’s plenty more where that came from.
Opening in the same stripped-back manner as her debut, “Shutter Island” eventually breaks out into powerful, unrestrained emotion as the song builds. Mirroring the insane reality of a toxic relationship gone south, gritty electronic production thunders under her grief-stricken vocals as she boasts "my straightjacket's custom-made, though." It’s an undeniably bold hook that speaks to the fearless mentality of a gifted young songwriter. We can’t wait to hear what’s next.—Eric Skelton