New Music: Sody

24th June 2016

At the tender age of fifteen, Sody (real name Sophie Dyson) has already been hailed the next biggest thing in contemporary pop. June 17th saw the future star self-release her first EP appropriately titled Youth via AWAL.
The project, which has been written by the multi-talented artist, opens with the Phil Cook-produced track Sorry. It is a bold electro-pop song that sounds like it was made specifically to be a radio hit. The hypnotic piece sees the teen explore issues of young love in such a mature and sophisticated way, which is surprisingly beyond her years. Deservingly, the single has already garnered a vast amount of attention from many outlets, including Apple Music as it was recently featured on its best music of the week.
The second offering is a great introduction to this rising star and definitely a stand out on the record. Sody joins forces with amazing up-and-coming artist, Martin Luke Brown on Wasted Youth. They met at Reading Festival and clicked almost instantly, forming not only a musical relationship but a great friendship. Their chemistry is easily recognisable on the R&B-influenced pop mid-tempo. Sody’s powerful and seductive vocals paired with Brown’s folk influenced sound creates an interesting contrast.
The remaining tracks on the EP take a different direction and encapsulate the unique side of Sody. Settle Down sees her prove she is a cut above the rest without straying too far from her previous material. The breakup song showcases her ability to evoke feelings of pain and regret while transferring these emotions to whomever listens, which is an extremely rare ability in contemporary music.
The collection bows out with a beautiful ballad, Violent World, which was written alongside Grammy nominated songwriter Scott Effma, who also writes for Meghan Trainor. It highlights her undeniable writing ability and gives an insight into a girl that is coming of age in 2016. The piece will touch the hearts of all ages as she yearns about letting go of youth.
Overall, the EP is a wonderful look into the capabilities of this rising star, and if this is the level of work that this lady is already achieving at such a young age, she has an extremely bright future ahead. I am excited to see what she will accomplish next and think plenty of people will be looking out for the debut album when it is released. However, for now, check out the video for her latest single Wasted Youth.
Words by Rico Green

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