If Jessica Lá Rel’s spring release, f(lux), was a declaration of love, her next EP, Insurgency is a declaration of war. Lá Rel moves from three love letters to three provocations to act, express, and respond to the current social and political turmoil.
Insurgency tells the story of how and why we fight. The centerpiece of the record is “28 Hours,” a track inspired by the statistic that every 28 hours a black person is shot and/or killed by law enforcement or a vigilante. It paints the ghostly picture of anxiety and tumult that comes with being Black in a world of unapologetic extrajudicial violence — Weaving together snares as tight as a gun shot, with ambient and ancestral vocals that capture the horror and heartbreak. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The EP features a gospel choir, samples from Civil Rights icon John Lewis, and a special appearance from drummer and platinum selling producer, Troy Miller. JESSICA LÁ REL is a recording artist, songwriter, and storyteller from Chicago by way of the Bay Area. Her “cinematic soul” sound likens her music to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana.
Lá Rel is currently touring to promote her debut album, in an intimate concert series entitled The Sit In. With stops in Oakland, Chicago, New York, and more, tickets are available via her website: www.jessicalarel.com.
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