Listen: SZA – Sobriety

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First Lady of TDE, Solana Rowe (BKA SZA), is getting hella personal in her newest release, Sobriety. She might be Kendrick Lamar’s right-hand girl, but the positive tip he’s on in i isn’t rubbing off like you think it might. The track is equal parts pain and dependency peppered with half-hearted optimism. The hook sounds like the kind of personal mantra you might suck yourself into when you’re on another dark tear, with no one but yourself to blame. SZA leaves her signature crooning on the fringe of the track and focuses on a raw vocal style people might recognize from earlier tracks like Z’s Julia.

With five producers credited, the track shows that SZA’s capitalizing on some valuable relationships in myriad genres. Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat, LoveDragon and Sounwave all lend their expertise to the final cut, with some pretty stunning results. Thundercat’s signature basswork drives home a soulful jazz theme that calls to mind Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser as easily as Chiara Noriko’s SoundCloud account. The star is still SZA’s feathery vocals, stretched across each hook. The contrast between the legato backing vox and the technical enunciation of the verses creates a sense of internal conflict that creates welcome context for the lyrical content. Definitely worth a listen! Check out the album artwork also. Is this rather fuzzy-looking tattoo Solana‘s? And why haven’t we seen it before now? Idk, enjoy The Eargazm!

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