How we love Sza's other planetary sounds. Warp your world with an ecstatic interlude of sound via "Ice Moon" - you might not want to come back.
And in case you missed our interview with the lovely lady, make sure to check up on that.
Her voice is sweet and her lyrics are filled with emotion. Her music digs deeper than the surface, and is crafted with precision. Her name is Sza and she is here to share her music and herself to the world. Take a glimpse inside her mind in this interview with Giant Step contributor, Andrea K. Castillo.
I first became familiar with your EP through Giant Step and I immediately downloaded, and I listened, and listened, and thought, “Wow, this is really great! Let me learn more about this girl.” So I read all your press stuff and decided to do an interview, so here it is. We’re in the time of Sza. Your EP, See Sza Run, has been out for a few weeks now, tell me a little bit about the process, I know you worked with a bunch of different producers, how was that experience?
Sza: Super. A lot of these happened by chance. You’d be surprised at how any people don’t give you beats or don’t give you permission for anything, so I pretty much stole three-quarters of my project. Once they [the producers] heard it, they weren’t as angry with me. It was definitely interesting, I was like “That sounds good, MINE!”, and just ran with it.
So it’s seven tracks, and when listening it is very atmospheric and I can see what you are talking about. It’s a little dark, but I like that, and your lyrics are very refined. How long have you been writing?
Sza: That’s a really good question. I’ve been a writer, prior to singing or anything, for a very long time. That was my strong suit. Even in high school I was in AP English…writing is my thing. I’m a serious reader and heavily into poetry, so before I even opened my mouth and thought “Maybe I should try to translate this into something, it’s crowded in here”, I had to find a way to get these thoughts out of my brain.
You paint a picture with your words, and in regards to your visuals, I noticed across the board there are a lot of flowers; the album artwork, the music videos. Can you tell us more about your choice to use floral imagery in your work?
Sza: My mom was somewhat of a botanist, so gardening, plant life, that’s all her sh*t, and my dad was super into science. I went to school for science, so I love plant life and wild life. Knowing a lot about flowers and what they represent and the energy they bring…I use a lot of tiger lilies in my work because they used to grow in my backyard all the time; those are my favorite, they’re so pretty.
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The debut EP of "small town suburbanite" SZA leaves quite the impression. See.SZA.Run is filled with distorted, woozy electro-soul reminiscent of a couple recent faves, including i/o and The Internet. Above, watch the video for the choppy track, "Country" and get a feel for the transcendent ambient nature of this hypnotizing new vocalist. Below, hear the whole EP and leave any cares behind.
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"DJ, actor, and life long raver" Idris Elba narrates a documentary he executive produced and recently released called How Clubbing Changed the World. The documentary tracks the story of how British youth utilized American music of the 80s and 90s to pioneer what we know as nightclub culture today.
The project uses clips, interviews, and Idris' narration to convey not only the formation of nightlife culture but also how it revolutionized mass culture on various fronts:
"This is an international story, going beyond the music to look at clubbing's influence on everything from real estate to drug use, fashion, politics and the drinks industry."
Pretty interesting stuff! And not mad at the eye candy, either. Watch the entire documentary above.