Syd’s Debut Album “Fin” is an Amorous Descent Into Casio-laced Euphoria (New Music Review) by Alec Hawkins
Syd’s debut album “Fin”: Taking a break from singing duties in the R&B/Soul band the Internet, her debut Fin (2017) is an amorous descent into Casio-laced euphoria that will make you want to move every inch of your body, preferably very close to someone else.
SYD’S SOFT SULTRY VOICE: CRAZY SEXY & OH, SO COOL
Her group the Internet, which features brother Travis “Taco” Bennett, took a break last year to concentrate on solo projects. Syd Tha Kyd has taken full advantage of this creative detour, producing what is on the surface a nostalgic synth ode to 90s R&B goddesses and the producers who love them.
Yet, just a few tracks in it is clear that Syd has a wholly original sound – one that will supplement your walk across campus, pool party, and bedroom trysts. Her voice is soft and close to the mic. The sultry breaths she takes between verses are far more effective then if she were just here to show off.
SYD’S SONIC SPECTRUM: LIKE A DESCENT WITH THE GODDESS
“Shake ‘Em Off” opens the album with a heavy synth bass that walks the listener down into Syd’s sensual underworld. While her voice is getting mad comparison to Aaliyah, her keyboard skills and production choices are more reminiscent of another 90s icon, Björk.
While the first track lubricates the gears of this music machine, “Know” goes straight to the dance. It’s impossible to hear this track without visualizing the blue-toned bodies of slow dancers in Syd’s chthonic kingdom.
Tracks like “Nothin to Somethin” are great for moving through the day with energy and confidence, but lets be honest – you can’t dig this album without thinking, “where is my dance partner?”
The single “All About Me” has a great riff that sounds like it was played on a Norwegian metal band’s Casio. While fans of TLC will no doubt dig this material, Syd’s sonic spectrum is so vast it’s the perfect record to play when your party consists of fans of Beyoncé and Burzum.
“Smile More” is a straight up slow jam but it’s no filler. It’s the point in the album where the dance floor clears and you feel like it’s just you and Syd melting into each other’s arms. Yes, I think I’m in love.
SYD’S WHOLLY ORIGINAL COLLECTION OF JAZZY BEATS: AN LP FOR ALL SEASONS
The album closes with “Insecurites,” a fresh jazz beat that is reminiscent of André 3000’s ‘thinking-man’s hip hop’ on The Love Below. While Fin is a fun record, it’s never silly. This is grown music from a woman who is coming into her own.
Released in the cold month of February, Fin is ushering in the heatwave of summer fun and inhibition. Yet I have a feeling when the cold weather comes back, Fin will be just as relevant.
If you’re listening to this album alone, you’re only getting half the experience. But that’s okay. Records that endure do so because with every listen they offer future possibilities. Now blow on that wax and drop the needle. The dancers will come to you.
By: Alec Hawkins