Jessie Frye is a pop artist that should be making the kind of songs that should be anthems and heard in every other TV show and movie but for the time being, she isn’t on that level. However, one listen to Obsidian (self-released) and you’ll realize she should be.
What I like about Frye is the strength of her voice, the music, and the songwriting found within. She’s not afraid to show occasional vulnerability but she’s also not afraid to show strength in what she can provide and what she seeks in life. It’s done in a manner that avoids cliches and hashtag lyricism that has become tiresome in the last few years. I love hooks, I love songs that will grab me but not when it ends up sounding like the last ten movie trailers I watched online. A song like “White Heat” has the kind of uplifting feel that would make it appeal to a wide range of people, but sometimes hearing someone who offers some level of perceived strength will make people fear listening, as if the simple task of listening is harmful. Frye could easily move through a wide range of genres, from country to hard rock but here, she plays around with notions of pop and power pop with occasional dips into the rock pool. Some of the music also leans towards the freedom and innocence of early to mid-80′s new wave, almost as she’s trying to let people know where she may be rooted but also where some of her influences reside. I find with Obsidian that when one song hooks you, the rest of them will and everything will fall into one cohesive place. Listen to it as a whole and then pick and choose. You may find picking and choosing involves you choosing the entire album as a favorite.