By Contributor Tre Florez
1. Syd “On the Road”
The latest single from Syd, “On the Road”, is one of the most interesting picks of the moment. One of three new songs released on the new EP Always Never Home, this is about Syd and her travels while touring, as well as the many things she does and feels until she gets home. It starts with a cool synthesized beat that you get into from the start. Then, just when you are ready for the rest, it shows down, and the beat completely changes to a more hip-hop vibe with a horn sound. In verse four, Syd says,
“Bout to change up the status quo
And that she did. Throughout the audio, Syd also changes the sound of her voice, from deep, to high, and everywhere inbetween. It almost sounds like several people are singing on the track with her. This EP is a complementary surprise to her second solo work,“Fin, which dropped earlier this year. The vibes are mellow and her voice is so soft yet versatile, but just about all of her other tracks that are out to date, are as good as this.
Other notable tracks of Syd’s include: Body, Over (feat. 6LACK) and All About Me.
2. Sam Smith “Too Good at Goodbyes”
British vocalist Sam Smith is back with his new ballad, “Too Good at Goodbyes”, where it captures his signature vibrato. The track, with a simple setup of piano, a light back beat and snap of the fingers, was co-written by Smith. You can tell from the sad tone of the song, which is similar to his last album, In the Lonely Hour, which came out a solid three years ago. The much awaited new single is a brief look into his highly anticipated sophomore album.
This time around, Sam sings of not letting the partner in too close, because he doesn’t want to get hurt in the future. An idea that has happened to him in the past that inspired that timeless album.
He warns that special someone:
“I’m never gonna let you close to me
The chorus is the most lively part, when Smith is joined by a choir of background vocals. Smith gives us the chills every time, where that velvety voice hits the soul just as soft as always. While we are fans of his music, we hope that we get to hear a slightly tone from Sam with this next album. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Smith stated that the album will be out “Before Christmas,” as we wonder what his new found inspiration may be from. Possibly a new lover? We say, most likely!
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.