By Ryan Hester |Staff Writer|
Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians of OFWGKTA have formed a new group that is wildly different from their collective counterparts.
Their new group, dubbed The Internet, takes a more soulful and easygoing approach. Syd, also known as Sydney Bennett, is the engineer, producer, artist and musician.
The Internet’s first album, Purple Naked Ladies, is the first album released on Odd Future’s personal record label, and has dropped with much fanfare.
Only 19, Syd breaks the composition of rhythms and tones creating a unique sound. While listening to the album you can really feel her creativity flowing.
“We made [Purple Naked Ladies] in my bedroom with live instruments. All songs were mixed, recorded, arranged, written, produced by Syd and I,” said Matt Martians. “We originally made it for ourselves only but [our manager] suggested we share it with the world.”
Despite the easier sound, the lyrics are still very offensive and very Odd Future. Even the title of the album may offend some listeners.
“We’re not trying to offend or intrigue people,” said Syd in an interview with Interviewer magazine. “It’s more of a social experiment. We make fun of society on a daily basis, and people take it so seriously. They’re proving us right.”
The Internet’s electro-hypnotic sound is what makes them different from everyone else. The album is very chill and laid back with a psychedelic feel.
Syd’s voice is reminiscent of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Sade with her soft sensuality, and she fills the album with electro hip-hop beats, a soulful, jazzy feel. The album has definitely set the bar this year for subsequent Odd Future spin-offs.
Much of the album feels like a roller coaster, due to frequent, abrupt tonal changes which permeate through a few songs. The changes could have been put together a little better, but for the most part the artists did a great job.
Syd’s imaginative, personal lyrics and voice will appeal to fans of soulful music. Her words always tell a story in a dark, twisted way.
The top tracks were “Cocaine,” “They Say,” “Ode To A Dream (Featuring Kilo Kish & Coco O.),” “Love Song– 1,” “She Know,” “Visions (Featuring Coco O.),” and “Fast Lane.”
The album is unique and has many interesting tracks and beats. Syd and Matt’s sound directly contrasts from the more abrasive work of OFWGKTA cronies Tyler, the Creater and Earl Sweatshirt.
Helping out on the album are fellow Odd Future members Left Brain, Mike G and Pyramid Vritra. Other guest artists include Coco O., Tay Walker and Kilo Kish.
With the potential that both artists have, the album is a solid 7 out of 10. The Internet is bringing in a new age of R&B with an awesome spin.