“Virgo” by June Marieezy (2013)

While her first EP “Heavy Eyes” leans towards more of an urban sound, a perfect soundtrack for the midnight city dweller, June Marieezy’s second collection of songs sounds more like the creative outlet of her soul, a soul that is pure and carefree, means well and can take you to places that only the power of sound can.

A hybrid of hip-hop, soul, Filipino and American influences, old and new fans alike will find themselves instantly comfortable around “Virgo” and its stellar musical production, singing her views on society and sobriety with a style that both glides through you and hits you wide awake.

An example to this is in the third track and my personal favourite “Purple Tree”, a song that successfully rebels without breaking voice and sounding a tiny bit angry, channeling the right vibes. They say that the right music can give you natural high, and I can vouch for that whilst listening to this EP, what with the smooth beats and clever and silky delivery of such lyrics like:

“I don’t want the paper cuts in my hand
Green like purple tree I know I know energy
Money currency all over me
Got society disease I need remedy”

There is nothing abrupt or shocking in these five songs, traits that make this EP very much deserving of the title “Virgo”.

Now, if I could only just get my hands on her new material.

Web Map:

iTunes: Virgo

Bandcamp: Virgo

PS Check out her Bandcamp website if you’d like to order a physical copy of the album, with the album cover handmade by the artist herself.

Featured photo courtesy of Vandals on the Wall’s shot from June Marieezy’s music video “Faces”.

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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