Today, singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer Syd unveils her gorgeous new single “Fast Car.” The track follows recent single “Missing Out,” released this past February, which marked her first solo release since her critically acclaimed debut album Fin in 2017. “Fast Car” is also accompanied with a brand-new video directed by Ethan Nelson and Graham Epstein.
“Fast Car” represents everything that is unique about Syd, pairing her sultry yet celestial vocals with groove-laden bass and electric guitar lines reminiscent of 1980’s Prince. Speaking on the track, Syd said, “I wanted to make something for the gay Black girls. I want them to see themselves in this and in me.”
One of the most important young voices in modern music, Syd has been an originating force in not one, but two of the most influential musical groups of the last ten years. From starting as a founding member of infamous hip-hop collective Odd Future at the age of 17 through to successfully branching off to form the Grammy-nominated supergroup THE INTERNET, Syd’s pioneering influence has touched on almost every aspect of modern musical culture. Meanwhile, her flawless debut solo LP Fin was released in 2017 to rapturous acclaim, and continued to define her as a constantly evolving artist in every sense of the word.
Not content to rest on her laurels, Syd’s resumé over the last few years has established her as an omni-present cultural icon. Since Fin, she has collaborated with Zayn, Lil Uzi Vert, Kehlani, Disclosure, Kelly Rowland, and Charlotte Day Wilson; wrote the song “Otherside” for Beyonce on the Lion King Soundtrack; appeared in a Louis Vuitton ad at Virgil Abloh’s behest; worked alongside Valentino’s head designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at Paris Fashion Week; shot an Adidas campaign with Pharrell; appeared in Drake’s video for “Nice For What” (alongside Olivia Wilde, Issa Rae, Letitia Wright and Rashida Jones); contributed the track “Getting Late” to the Queen and Slim soundtrack; opened up a charity, and built a recording studio in her LA home. Throughout it all, she has remained an innovative and self-defined master of sensual, future-forward R&B songs; writing, producing, and engineering all of her own work.
Syd is currently working on her film, partnering on an apparel/fashion project in Japan, teaming up with an upstart Napa Valley sparkling wine brand, and, while she’s been in quarantine, she has been focused on collecting and rehabbing old trucks.
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