Rejjie Snow Shares New Video Via Complex
Rejjie Snow returns with the hallucinatory video for his new single Charlie Brown, lifted from his acclaimed debut album Dear Annie. Charlie Brown is a cover of the cult Irish hit The Steady Song by Republic Of Loose and features Norwegian singer Anna of the North. The visual, shot in Mexico and directed by Monica Gonzalez-Carter, stars Rejjie in a visit to his girlfriend’s parents’ house that goes awry, trapped in a bubblegum nightmare that he can’t seem to escape.
“Getting the opportunity to shoot in Mexico was really cool,” Rejjie tells Complex, who today premiere the video. “I worked with Monica before and she told me to come out there so it was amazing to make it happen. This tune is one of my favourite Republic Of Loose records so it was amazing to be able to put my twist on it. The video is weird and i’ll let it speak for itself.”
Rejjie is a scene unto himself. Born in Dublin, he lives wherever his suitcase settles, wherever the songs send him, making albums in the middle of making other albums, and tangling words into beautifully complex knots that blur biography with fantasy over a shifting mass of rainy loops, technicolor keys, and trippy percussion. And then there’s his voice, deep and otherworldly, capable of riding a beat with metronomic precision, cooing to raw piano, or yawping Prince-like over a soul-rock-jazz groove. His influences are as disparate as George Michael and Charles Bukowski. He designs clothes and paints. He sees the moon as his first love. He almost had a career as a soccer star, but instead toured with Madonna, recorded with left field dance genius Kaytranada and, after signing to 300 Entertainment in 2016, became labelmate to fellow outsiders like Young Thug and Fetty Wap.
Written and recorded across Los Angeles, London and Paris, Dear Annie is a genre-spanning opus of 20 tracks that features production from Kaytranada, Cam O’bi, Rahki, and Lewis Ofman, with guest appearances from Aminé, Jesse James Solomon and Anna of the North. Dear Annie is a sweeping, cinematic overture and bold statement of intent from the wise-beyond-his-years 24-year old.
In his own idiosyncratic manner, Rejjie croons and rhymes equally while brandishing his heart proudly on his sleeve. Dear Annie is an invitation to embark on a journey to the surreal depths of his soul. It’s as much a rite of passage for him as it is a rollercoaster ride of emotion, from the jet-setting escapism of Egyptian Luvr and Mon Amour to the visceral otherworldliness of Spaceships (feat. Ebenezer) and Rainbows, to the haunting heartache of Room 27 and The Ends.