Jessica Boudreaux (Summer Cannibals) announces EP “I Think My Heart Loves to Break”
Portland’s Jessica Boudreaux – known as the creative force behind indie-punk band Summer Cannibals (Tiny Engines, Kill Rock Stars) – has announced her brand new EP I Think My Heart Loves to Break which will be released on June 24.
The sleek, punchy compositions and silky sheen of black pop are a fitting soundtrack to the tumultuous time she spent making the album. After canceling a year of touring with Summer Cannibals due to the pandemic, Boudreaux was diagnosed with cancer in November 2020. As she navigated the next year and a half of treatment and recovery, the very act of completing the fledgling record eventually became one. of healing.
Joy and release in the midst of pain are a clear touchstone of the songs on I Think My Heart Loves To Break. On the heart-pounding bass line and haunting beat that form the foundational instrumentation of debut single “Actor” which arrives today alongside a self-directed, shot and edited official video, Boudreaux follows the familiar script of hiding the truth on his feelings to protect others and ourselves. Both lush onslaught, the song’s subdued subtlety presents the emotional narrative as the song rises and falls around it, as if to match the rhythms of the experience it portrays.
In addition to serving as shelter from the storm, the EP I Think My Heart Loves To Break also features an artist who is fully asserting himself as a producer, engineer and songwriter. Working out of his own studio, Pet Club in Portland, Boudreaux produced, mixed and handled all musical duties with friends Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Waxahatchee) providing percussion on “Disaster” and Erik Carlson providing synth tracks on “Loves to Break”.
She also illustrated the latest issue of Sadie Dupuis’ zine Wax Nine Journal. Jessica Boudreaux’s new record completes the shift from a full band’s high-intensity sound barrage to an unvarnished solo exploration of lush, emotionally resonant pop music.
Watch the new music video here: