With a Grammy nomination already under her belt, it’s surprising that Syd only just came out with her debut solo album. Fin, which was released February 3 clocks in just under forty minutes and joins the ranks of new R&B sultry records released recently, such as Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage and Process from Sampha. Syd is hardly a new name in the R&B scene, even if her career thus far has been in groups. She found her start as a DJ and singer with the hip-hop collective Odd Future, before focusing predominantly on The Internet, which she formed with fellow Odd Future member Matt Martians. The Internet’s Ego Death is where she snagged the Grammy nom, and while the members are currently exploring other projects they’re not disbanded.
Infamously evading comments on her sexuality, Syd is a tomboy with a soft and sexy voice offering her words and affections to other women. Even today, songs with LGBTQ-affirming messages are seen as groundbreaking, revolutionary, or even just supportive and filling a void in music that’s been ignored.
For the uninitiated, Syd exemplifies letting vocals bleed into spoken words. She’s about a decade into professional music - with Odd Future being founded in 2007 - and even though this is her first album, she’s already aligning with names such as Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah. Who knows what project or recognition Syd will get next, but she doesn’t really need it. She’s done late night, hit up NPR’s Tiny Desk Series, been featured in the New York Times. She’s, for all intents and purposes, made it. It’s just a matter of where she’ll direct her musical ambitions next.