Biig Piig – The Sky Is Bleeding EP Review

Jessica Smith, aka Big Pigrelease their biggest and arguably best collection of songs to date with their new six-track EP, The sky is bleeding. The Irish artist, who is now based in Los Angeles, has been releasing a steady stream of music since his Trip-hop/R&B flavored debut single from March 2017, Crush’n.

The sky is bleeding represents Biig Piig’s fourth EP in three years and his second for the Sony Music label. Until Smyth signed with Sony in the summer of 2019, his releases were all independent. Jessica’s first three EPs were a trilogy and were titled, Huge Sesh fan, Vol I, A World Without a Nap, Vol. 2 and No Room for Patience, Vol. 3.

The Sky Is Bleeding is a brand new set of songs and follows Biig Piig’s Spanish language single Cuenta Lo, released in February, and his recent collaboration with Emotional Oranges on body soul which she shared in early March.

Jessica said ‘I feel like I’ve grown from this project’ and now she’s finally able to come out The sky is bleeding after two years of working on his new material, “I feel like my walls are crumbling, it’s like it was awesome, I’ll be forever grateful to him.” About the new record, Smyth commented on her new EP, via an impassioned message she shared on her Instagram feed saying, “This fucking project was a journey, from start to finish I’m a different person and it’s crazy. “

The sky is bleeding is certainly Biig Piig’s most accomplished work to date and contains six outstanding tracks that have been carefully crafted and skillfully delivered. It feels like there’s been a conscious effort to extrapolate and explore every avenue of emotion on Biig Piig’s new record. From the soft and tender delicacy of the opening piece Remedy up to the outstanding fence track american beauty Jess Smyth captivates the listener with her creative artistry and compelling performance.

The first track composed on Biig Piig’s latest EP is one of the darkest and most austere. The stripped-down arrangement complements the mood and atmosphere of the song and definitely reflects Smyth’s state of mind when she made it. Smith said: “Baby zombies was the first track and I was in the worst state of mind, I was drinking a lot and doing drugs, but not in a good place at all, I remember being so sad.”

Luckily, Jessica Smyth didn’t stay in that mindset for the entire EP. She went on to say, “Fast forward to the end, done american beauty with Zach Fogarty, moved to LA….. I’m just clear-headed, I take each day as it comes, I’m very calm, happy, like a different person. It’s amazing I think, just the power of music in general is amazing. This whole project was really about not feeling like anyone else was going to smell where I came from, being ashamed and feeling guilty, and just generally disgusted with myself to be honest. The only thing that got me was the music. I listened to it all the time. I just didn’t feel alone. Now I feel like it’s out there and everyone can hear it, it’s like a weight on my shoulders. It feels like a conversation I’ve had in my head with myself for two years that I haven’t been able to (share).”

Smyth started sharing music from her latest project when she released the first single, Lavender, a month before the EP. The organ track is a hypnotic journey that slowly and carefully turns into a brooding and seductive tour de force. Jessica’s smoldering, almost whispered voice sits on an isolated drumbeat and extended keys leaving the listener yearning for the next note.

The six tracks on Biig Piig’s fourth EP have their own USP, but all are held together by the engaging talents of Jessica Smyth and the sublime production of Zach Fogarty. It’s one of our favorite releases of the year so far, we recommend checking it out as soon as possible.


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