Syd, of The Internet and Odd Future fame, weaves her smoky voice in and out of smooth production in her solo debut album, Fin.

Syd has rubbed shoulders with some of mainstream music’s most prominent artists, but Fin shows that she never really needed them in the first place.

Born Sydney Bennett in Los Angeles, California, the singer-songwriter is still only 24 and boasts a respectable musical CV – as a 19 year-old she was producing and writing songs for the Tyler, the Creator-founded Odd Future, also working with Frank Ocean, who is one of the best-known artists in mainstream music today. She then went on to co-found the R&B Alternative group The Internet, who in 2016 received a Grammy nomination for their excellent third studio album Ego Death.

After the release of Ego Death, Syd expressed a desire to explore her own music as a solo artist, and she does that and more in Fin: an excellent debut from a very talented musician. What is most impressive about Syd’s debut is her comfort in riding each expertly produced track (from producers such as Hit-Boy, Melo-X, and of course Syd herself) that comes her way. She showcases her talents in R&B in “Know”, and then straight after confronts the hip-hop influenced tracks “No Complaints” and “All About Me”, and then back to the soul-infused “Insecurities”.

Throughout the 37 minutes it takes to listen to the album from the first to last track, Syd demonstrates that she is ready to elevate herself to the next level – whether that be with The Internet or another solo venture into her promising musical capabilities. In Fin, we could have a contender for album of the year and we have only just left January behind.