"None of these songs would have made sense as Internet songs," Syd says about her debut solo album, Fin, explaining why she chose to take a short break from The Internet for the project. "The sound is a little too different. We know better than to leave our fan base behind like that."
This echoes what fellow Internet member Matt Martians told us about choosing to embark on his own solo project: "We needed to marinate and grow as individuals before we came back together for another Internet album and find our sound."
As a solo artist, Syd found herself gravitating toward a more pop-influenced sound than anything she made with The Internet.
"I grew up on pop music," she told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on Thursday afternoon. "My first albums were Brandy's first album, Usher's 'My Way,' *NSYNC's 'No Strings Attached, and a Britney Spears album," she explains. "On this one you'll hear more of the Brandy influence. Maybe some of the Usher influence."
Over production from MeLo-X, Hit-Boy, Haze, Steve Lacy, Rahki, and more, Syd handles a bulk of the vocal duties herself (with a lone feature from 6lack). An undeniably silky, sexy project, she manages to bend her pop influences through her own unique prism for a top-to-bottom quality project.
Listen on Apple Music here or via Spotify below.