SZA recently released her newest album titled, ‘Ctrl’, we’ve decided to talk about it and illustrate some of our favorite scenes from her two music videos that feature tracks from the studio album.
Without even seeing some of the visuals SZA has provided to her audience to capture the mood and atmosphere of the album, just from listening to her R&B style tracks, you can tell she’s opening up on a new level about her own honesty with herself and her balance with relationships. She hints at her life as a black woman in today’s society, being independent from an early age, and being raised Muslim. Her life is spilled onto the table as you listen through each track of this soundscape story. SZA takes a turn we’ve never seen from her before, and we stand behind her 100%. She’s basically saying “fuck you” to everyone who doubted her, while embracing herself as a woman and not hiding behind anything when it comes to her pure self expression.
The album features other amazing artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, and Travis Scott. And many people have said that her sound is not only completely different, but she no longer sounds unsure of her direction. While she might come off as nervous or apprehensive, she still has taken the jump to create exactly what she wants to put out into the world.
LOVE GALORE | An innovative piece featuring Travis Scott, the sensual sound resonates with women who are trying to not only love themselves but extending that sort of balance and acknowledgement to those around them. While the video takes this scenario to the next level (which we do not recommend), the overall theme of acceptance seems to be otherworldly and presented in a way that makes you question yourself.
DREW BARRYMORE | Inspired by the teen rom-com idol Drew Barrymore, this song captures the struggle between relationships and the never ending cycle of deepening depression and low self worth.
Rolling Stone caught up with SZA recently about her album release and this is what she had to say:
You've mentioned trying to make Ctrl more minimalist than your past work.
A year ago, my boyfriend was working in an office. His boss was super-douchey and was like, 'Let's see what your girlfriend is all about. Do you care about her? Let's hear these tunes.' I was a good sport, but I'd never heard my music out loud. I don't listen to my music if I'm not making it. So I played "Babylon" to them, and when it came on, it was so low. I could barely hear myself. I didn't feel all the energy I felt on stage with my band. I was like, Dang, there's this disconnect between the way I feel and the way I sound. On stage, it's like a cheat code to get into an honest place in your body, because you're so nervous that your brain doesn't have enough room to guide you. Your body leads you.
This time, I couldn't figure out – what are the things that really made me feel free enough to try and experiment and get real? I realized ... I had to get more involved in my sound. I had to just say what was on my mind, not find a way to hide it behind the boards. And the fact that I made this album with my best friends, they made these sounds that were different. They were infectious. They made me want to tell the truth, and I felt like it was safe to be honest around them. I just forgot that eventually, everybody else would have to hear everything. It was scary. I was really ashamed of my voice, ashamed of myself, so I didn't want to hear myself clearly. But I decided to take down the reverb and be in the forefront. I think clutter comes from nerves. It doesn't come from choice.