“Freeze in the fire,” a sultry voice commands following a grim guitar riff. Instantly, “Start a Riot” grabs your attention with its solemn tone and serious delivery. The powerful voice belongs to Jetta, former backup singer to Cee-Lo and English songbird Paloma Faith. “Start a Riot” landed a spot on last year’s The Mortal Instruments soundtrack with its soaring production and moving lyrics it fits right in with the dramatic tone of the film.
This past December, Jetta followed up her buzzworthy track with the release of her EP, also named Start a Riot. Jetta continues her venture into indie pop rock with stirring lyrics and crisp melodies. Her voice recalls a bit of Adele’s tone and strength, but has its own grit and seemingly limitless power.
“Can You Hear Me” boasts a foot stomping beat in the most thematic way, building to a big finale before finally coming to an abrupt close with “I’ve got to cut loose the chain.” Jetta demonstrates her true artistry with mid-tempo “Feels Like Coming Home” and ballad “Take It Easy,” where she pours her heart over an acoustic guitar showcasing her beautiful falsetto. “All the way up, we forgot to slow down, take it easy,” her airy voice flutters vulnerably over the closing bridge.
This year should prove to be successful for this budding talent. She is the type of artist that can glide across genres and would fit right at home in many of our Core offerings here at Mood. Try and catch her now as the supporting act to Ellie Goulding and John Newman. In the meantime, grab her EP Start a Riot, available now on Republic Records.
– Submitted by Tristan Bolden, Music Design