I Bet I Can Turn You Into A Jessie Frye Fan By The End Of This Post!
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
For those of you that don’t know, Synthwave is one of my favourite music genres, alongside Celtic music. I absolutely LOVE the music from the 70s, 80s and 90s (not that I was born during that era. I’m a 2000s baby. Where my people at?). The electronic, RnB and disco sound that was popular during that time, just makes me want to dance! I mean you’ve heard: Get Down On it by Kool and the Gang, right? If that doesn’t make you get up off your feet and dance like you don’t have a care in the world, then I don’t know what will.
Before I introduce you to one of my favourite artists from the genre, let me give you a quick rundown on what Synthwave is
Synthwave is a genre of electronic music that is influenced by the 1980s, it embodies the 80s culture and celebrates it by capturing the essence of that era. You will typically hear in Synthwave songs, cliche 1980s elements such as: electronic drums and synthesizers. This is so it resembles similar tracks from that time.
Jessie Frye, is currently one of my favourite artists right now who has experimented in the Synthwave genre for more than 2 years. And I want to shed some light on her music because she is underrated AF!
P.S. I am determined to turn you all into Jessie Frye fans by the end of this blog post. So make sure to stay till the end to take part in a quiz that will determine which Jessie Frye song you should listen to based on your mood right now!
“Drip Drip Drip, My Honey.”
Jessie Frye shows us she is the Queen freaking Bee in this sensual synth-pop track (Sorry Beyonce). What I love most about this song, is her confidence in her sexuality. This is a common theme throughout her music and videos. She takes control of her sexuality and owns it! In our society this is usually looked down upon, especially towards women. But Jessie embraces this side of her and that’s what I love about her, she’s authentic!
‘Honey’ is a song I didn’t even know existed until recently, which is funny because up until this point, I thought I had listened to all of her songs *insert nervous face here*
But if you love smooth retro beats with an upbeat chorus, I recommend starting with this song!
“I feel like something dark has taken over me but honestly I think it’s what I need.”
When I first heard this track I felt anxious because this song is quite a dark take on romance. Jessie describes a relationship that is more take than give: “I know your love is going to leave me cold. But I keep coming back.” It’s like a drug, she is hooked on this feeling of passion but once it’s gone she wants more. She’s addicted.
The music video has a dreamy aesthetic which is the total opposite to her lyrics. I think this was done on purpose to see the relationship from her point of view. She believes it’s blissful and fantastical: “You are my fantasy.” But in actual fact it’s quite manipulative (in my opinion)
One of the main elements you will see in the music video is the use of roses. Roses are usually shown to represent love but in the video we see Jessie burning it. This tells me that she is angry and upset, the relationship she was in had left her in a lot of pain and grief.
Sorry for getting all ‘analytical’ on you guys, but out of all the songs Jessie Frye has released, this one stands out to me visually and lyrical. There is so much that is left to interpretation, it’s hard not to read in between the lines.
“Love feels like a faded photograph”
Jessie Frye follows her upbeat, smooth song, Honey, with another groovy track that you can’t help but dance too! When I first heard this song, I was too caught up in my amazing dance skills (it’s a lie, my dancing is horrible) that I initially thought the song was about a romantic couple who were madly in love with each other. It wasn’t until I looked at the lyrics that I realised it was about a girl who still had feelings for her ex partner.
This is a perfect introduction to anyone who wants to get into synthwave because it has the classic elements of the 1980s that I spoke about earlier. Plus if you just want a tune that makes you look out through the car of your window, thinking about an ex that never exists, I promise you this is the one!
“Born to walk alone… secrets guide us home.”
This track holds a special place in my heart because this was the song that introduced me to Jessie Frye. It was recommended to me by New Retro Wave (the best place to discover Synthwave music, hands down!) while I was on YouTube and instantly I was amazed by Jessie’s elegant vocals!
“My halo doesn't match my thick skin”
Angel is Jessie’s latest single and one of my favourite tracks. I love the innocent yet sensual aesthetic of the music video, it really embodies the message of the song. She tries to tell her lover that she isn’t as innocent and pure as he thinks. And lets not forget the incredible saxophone solo part of the track! Oof! Hands down the best part of the song.
Now that you have an insight to some of the songs, as promised, I have made a quiz that will give you a song from Jessie Frye based on your current mood!
Don't forget to share which song you got via Twitter or Instagram. I would love to know your thoughts and if I successful achieved my mission, and turned you guys into Jessie Frye fans!