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Jessie Reyez Tackles Colonialism In Animated ‘Intruders’ Video

The single comes off Reyez’s acclaimed debut full-length, ‘Before Love Came To Kill Us’.

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Jessie Reyez has just released a new video for single ‘Intruders’. The moving, animated visual features an indigenous woman fighting off white colonists and protecting her beloved homeland. Beginning today, through the end of 2020, all streaming revenue from ‘Intruders’, the newest single off Reyez’s debut full-length, Before Love Came To Kill Us, will be donated to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Organization.

Directed and animated by the Toronto-based studio Solis Animation, ‘Intruders’ was wholly conceptualized by Reyez. In an official statement, the Colombian/Canadian singer-songwriter declared that “Colonialism is in the mitochondria of racism”, while, in a press release, the powerful video was described as “an allegory for today’s society and the detrimental effects brought on by governmental and economic institutions that were built on oppression and theft”.

‘Intruders’ follows such recent visuals as the emotionally-charged ‘I Do’ and the dramatic ‘Same Side’, which offers a cinematic prequel to Reyez’s 2019 ‘Crazy’ – a standalone single and soulful cover of the Willie Nelson song (most famously recorded by Patsy Cline in 1961).

Since its release in March, Before Love Came To Kill Us has received glowing accolades from outlets around the globe. The NME declared it to be a “beautiful, heart-wrenching debut”, while Pitchfork praised that, “The powerhouse singer’s voice is chameleonic and present in every guise”. Canada’s Exclaim!, meanwhile called the album, “an ambitious, self-aware and wholly realized project,” adding that the album is, “openly raw, emotional and positions Reyez on the cusp of superstardom”.

In April, the artist surprised fans when she dropped a deluxe version of Before Love Came To Kill Us, featuring three new tracks including, ‘Far Away II’ featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Jid, ‘Ankles’ featuring Rico Nasty and Melii, as well as ‘Worth Saving’.

Before Love Came To Kill Us (Deluxe Edition) is out now and can be bought here.

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  1. concerned native

    June 22, 2020 at 3:42 am

    i feel like the artists message is easily misconstrued or can be misinterpreted by this video. its not 1600. so who is the intruders now? who are the natives now?

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