Intimate and introspective croon-Queen Biig Piig, aka Jess Smyth, returns to centre-stage today with the release of her highly anticipated EP The Sky Is Bleeding. Following in the same vein as her triad of EPS: Big Fan of the Sesh Vol.1, A World Without Snooze Vol.2 and No Place For Patience Vol.3, the release circles around her honed ability to tell a conceptual narrative, her whispered and identifiable voice exploring the subtle nuances of youth. In her own words, it’s an EP “about secrets; kind of written for myself, but putting them out into the world. No shame and guilt – it’s healing thinking it’ll be out there – it’s about sex and drugs and my experiences.”
In her true nomadic style, having moved from Ireland to Spain to London as a kid, the young artist now finds herself in her temporary home of LA, resulting in exciting co-writes and a plethora of new music. What’s ensued feels like a new chapter for the artist. More mature and perhaps slightly lustful. ‘Lavender’, the introduction of the EP, is the first taste, her lyrics cooing, It’s his forté, on his knees/ Call it, foreplay, don’t know where I’d be without it. With it comes an accompanying David Lynch-esque music video that sees Smyth adorned in lingerie and leather, twirling seductively in dim-lit red rooms.
With a tour aside Glass Animals on the horizon, the 23-year-old’s experimental and genre-bending music is undeniably set to gain more reach in the years to come, with The Sky Is Bleeding a significant and exciting step forward.