It’s only been two-and-a-bit weeks since the inauguration, but it feels like two years, right? Well, at least you can take your mind off the way that this country/the world appear to be spiraling into a Trumpian dystopia with these fine albums!
Syd — Fin (Out now)
We don’t do a Album of the Month feature at Flavorwire these days, but if we did, this would probably be this month’s anointed record. The debut solo album by Syd, better known as Syd the Kid of Odd Future and The Internet fame, is a strikingly accomplished collection of smooth neo-R&B. Crucially, there’s a beating heart beneath the gloss: Fin evokes the same sort of late night alienation that Syd’s OFWGKTA colleague Frank Ocean specializes in. It’s an album that is as vulnerable and relatable as it is slick and well-produced — as
Gawker Jezebel’s Rich Juwziak notes here, “It is enviably cool throughout without ever being so at the expense of the listener.”