Song of the Day: April 28, 2017

SZA discusses her troubled relationship with an ex-lover who won’t stop calling her up in “Love Galore.”

For those who don’t know SZA (pronounced Sizz-uh), it’s only a matter of time until you do. The New Jersey muse is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, home to other famous artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.

SZA’s career has been pushed to the back burner lately. Despite her upcoming album CTRL supposedly having been completed a long time ago, it’s yet to be released by TDE. At one point, she even posted on Twitter that she was quitting (presumably TDE) over her career seemingly not being as valued.

In a male-dominated industry, SZA’s rise would do hip hop a world of good, particularly as she’s already backed by one of the biggest record label companies in the game.

“Love Galore” shows off SZA’s wide vocal range, as well as her distinct flow. Her sounds are grounded in R&B and soul, as opposed to hip hop. Travis Scott’s addition to the track is brief, but pleasant.

La Flame, as he goes on to call himself, discredits SZA’s version of events. He feels as if she’s the one who has suddenly come back looking for him despite shattering his heart before (“Why you bother me? / Last time I checked you were the one that left / Me in a wreck, me in a mess”).

“Love Galore” is characterized by mellow sounds. SZA’s voice never breaks out from a seductive, yet judgmental purr. Travis stays in line, maintaining a conversational tone throughout his verse.

SZA and TDE rolled out an accompanying music video with “Love Galore,” which is well worth a watch. It’s nicely directed, shot entirely in dark colors to match the brooding ambient of the song, and features SZA killing Travis after a session of sensual sadism.

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