less eye-rolling, more hand holding in 2017
i'm never regretting the decision to lay low stillness is the move
In the rapidly evolving genre of alt-R&B, LA singer-songwriter Jarell Perry is paving his own lane. His acclaimed debut Simple Things and conceptual follow-up White EP, which mix flavors of Soul, Electronic and Ambient Pop have already drawn comparisons to cross-over heavyweights like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. But as URB magazine puts it, "what sets him apart from this new breed of talents is a much fuller and developed vocal quality...sublime perfection...”
Perry's most recent project is a 5-track genre-bender entitled Shift (Time No Place/Kompakt Records) , made in collaboration with Toronto producer Deebs . FACT magazine lauded it's experimental sound as "immediate" and Complex named it one of the best EPs of 2015. The immaculately haunting imagery of the EP's official videos match the lush sounds of its lead singles, "Relapse" and "Driving Blind." Both have earned praise from MTV UK, The FADER, Hypetrak, and more.
Already a force in TV and film, Perry's song 'Win' (from his debut Simple Things LP) is the theme to Lionsgate's erotic thriller Addicted. Citing the influences of Stevie Wonder, Seal, and Coldplay, the song is cinematic in feeling while minimal in aesthetic; both brooding and seductive at the same time. It takes but a few words for the LA-based singer-songwriter to make an impact.
Consolidating his international appeal, Jarell Perry has also toured the U.S. with Malaysian songstress Yuna, and Japan with Soulection artist StarRo, collecting cosigns from Russell Simmons and Deepak Chopra along the way. Most recently, Perry has re-interpreted his electronic hits for live shows with a classical string trio.
If there's one thing tastemakers can agree on, it's that Jarell Perry is making waves by refusing to be defined. Standing in the gap between now and the future, concept and reality, digital and analog, he's poised to flip the mainstream idea of popular R&B music on it's head yet again.
Stretching the boundaries of the sonic status-quo, Jarell Perry continues to join forces with a bevy of underground and progressive electronic artists.