Babylon [Video] :: SZA


SZA’s new project Z drops on April 4th and she released this set of visuals for one of the first singles.  I really enjoy her music, but it will be great when she stops dressing like one of the cast of The Sandlot.  I’m all for a no-frills aesthetic, but when your image begins to precede your music for people, it can be a distraction and deter people from getting into your stuff.  Some go the way of extravagant wardrobes and costumes a la Lady Gaga, while others pare it down to the point where they resemble a caricature, like Janelle Monae.  Not to say people won’t get into it, but eventually it becomes a schtick of sorts.  I’m also not saying she’s gotta dress provocatively, but there’s a lot of gray area between hand-me-down overalls and a G-string…and there’s definitely a way to dress like your clothes fit and still not be considered “normal” or “boring”.  This is her, for now, and that’s fine, but people evolve and it will be nice to see her do her thing without the grungy facade intact.

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