January 30, 2023

Music of the Week breaks down and talks in regards to the track we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify High Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, try our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, SZA turns up the quantity for her standout S.O.S reduce “F2F.”

“SZA goes grunge” was not a sentence I used to be ever anticipating to write down, however when the mastermind singer-songwriter teased her new album S.O.S a pair weeks in the past, she talked about she’d be drawing upon “surf rock and grunge” alongside her normal contemplative R&B sound. With “F2F,” an sudden spotlight on an in any other case immaculate assortment of songs, we see what she meant: “F2F” is a pop punk jam by means of and thru, and it’s a satisfying mixture of SZA’s shiny, silky-smooth voice with serving to of grit and drop D guitars.

Like lots of the songs on each S.O.S and her earlier effort Ctrl, “F2F” — which additionally encompasses a writing credit score from Lizzo — is rooted in guitar, a robust selection that steadily permits SZA to mine extra intimacy and expressiveness from these songs. Right here, she makes use of a extra muscular association to create stronger contrasts. When she lands on “I hate me sufficient for the 2 of us” within the refrain, singing virtually jubilantly with an anthemic excessive concord above her, it’s a jagged line that places the entire track in perspective.

SZA oscillates between longing and dragging herself for longing; she laments the video games she performs along with her ex, however then nonetheless finds room to justify those self same video games. All of the whereas, she stumbles upon susceptible truths, ultimately asking the central query, “Will you name me?/ Will you dangle me out to dry?”

She finds a captivating stability between the key key enthusiasm of pop punk and the dejected anger of slacker rock, and it offers a refreshing flip of power on S.O.S. However “F2F” can be a testomony to SZA having the ability to choose actually any type, any style, and nonetheless make it sound dazzlingly good. It’s not fairly correct to say that SZA is fearless on S.O.S — she steadily spells out her fears, insecurities, and the causes of her anguish all through all of her discography — but it surely’s actually true that she’s getting much more assured in making sonic statements like “F2F.”

Usually, SZA’s impressionistic sound will unite listeners by means of isolation. You are feeling her beat adjustments like intrusive ideas, and by the point she’s onto the subsequent one, you’re already knee deep in her tangled net of insecurities and relatable truths. However on “F2F,” SZA makes use of a unique tactic and shifts to one thing extra energetic and anthemic. Her anguish is visceral, the intercourse on the core of the track is way from romantic, and the emotional turmoil forces her to maneuver outward earlier than inward.

If she will nonetheless create a bafflingly good pop punk track whereas retaining the essence of what a SZA track can and ought to be, it factors to SZA as being in a really untouchable place in music proper now. In brief, nobody can do it like SZA. We’re so fortunate to have her.

— Paolo Ragusa
Editorial Coordinator

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