The history of pop music is one of reinvention, replete with instances of people who, cut off from resources and representation, have turned inward, mined themselves and remade culture in their own image. And so the story goes with Parisalexa, Seattle’s premiere triple hyphenate—singer-songwriter-producer—who continues to forge her own forward-looking brand of R&B tinged pop with the raw materials of the past.
Earlier this year, Parisalexa emerged fully-formed with her debut EP Bloom, which chronicles the course of a relationship—from its genesis to its greatest heights to its end and the resulting exercise in self-love. Close on Bloom’s heels came FLEXA, a four-track mixtape that represented a departure for Parisalexa in both sound and theme. If Bloom is about a journey—that of falling in love and discovering oneself—FLEXA is about what happens once you arrive.
Now, with the release of her latest single, “Hothead,” Parisalexa looks to the future. Perhaps her most contemporary song to date, “Hothead” is a smoldering expression of feminine anger, swathed in cascading synths and shot through with twining guitar. In 2018, Parisalexa has grown up, bossed up, and prepared herself to take on the world. Watch out.