When: Sun., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. 2015
The Internet doesn’t sound like an Odd Future Records joint. Fronted by Syd the Kyd and The Martian, the sextet makes songs of love and lust that tread more along jazz and R&B than Odd Future’s jarring confidence and braggadocio. Purple Naked Ladies (2011) had Syd baring a softer, innocent side backed by Erykah Baduizm-era soul and funk that would shadow them under the umbrella of alternative R&B. Two years later, Feel Good found Syd more confident with the sensual “Don’tcha” as her pillow-soft vocals exposed a newfound swagger still coupled with her innocent come-ons of “starstruck on all of you.” Feel Good also found Syd latching onto hooks, ditching aimless jazz-for jazz’s sake jam sessions in favor of melodies only Pharrell could possibly produce. No longer the innocent romantic, in Ego Death the Kyd is the lovelorn paramour reminiscing on jealous lovers and old flames while fantasizing of “kilos in the back seat” with girls of “cigarettes and sex on [their] breath.” Her syrupy falsettos are meshed with the warmth of ’70s soul and lush reverb, drawing out bedroom vibes on a Sunday morning.