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FFF Fest: Moments of lovely neosoul with the Internet

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Syd tha Kyd, the 22-year-old lead singer for R&B group the Internet, who cut a name for herself DJing for the shock rap collective Odd Future is still growing into herself as an artist. She openly admits that she’s not the best singer, but that she’s striving to get better.

Perhaps it’s that candor that makes audiences forgiving. At the band’s early afternoon FFF set, no one seemed to care that her verses were understated to the point of being mumbled and even on some choruses her voice seemed thin. The band drew a sizable crowd for an early afternoon set and, for the most part, the audience seemed fully engaged.

They eagerly complied when the young tomboy, who admitted showing up in the same clothes she slept in the night before, ordered hands up, or a side to side sway. It doesn’t hurt that the band, led by fellow Odd Future member Matt Martian is astonishingly good. They spin out intricate neosoul led by complex bass patterns that alternate between funky slap work and silky smooth grooves. The beautiful sound beds invite listeners to slide in and lose themselves. And occasionally Syd’s vocals come through strong, clear and lovely. They did so on the track “Tellem,” and the end result was warm and wonderful.