Following the huge popularity of Netherlands musical export Kygo, comes another - this time the very appealing Sevdaliza, who describes herself on her SoundCloud account as, “everything you want me to be.”
A very sensual debut from the Dutch singer/producer, her EP is wittily entitled The Suspended Kid - Starring Sevdaliza as the Kid. From the first time I listened to the album, I couldn’t help but draw references to the distinct voice of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano and Marian Hill’s Bodega Beats.
Sevdaliza’s video trailer for the album begins with a young school girl - perhaps being bullied or suspended - who then runs away to an isolated field. Pausing to rest under a statuesque tree, the young girl turns to see Sezdaliva wearing the exact same outfit, looking back at her as if travelling through time to save her younger self.
As for the music, expect a lot of jagged synth lines hooked all over stomping beats. On her Sirens of the Caspian video she starts speaking French - France being where I originally thought she was from - and displays constant juxtapositions of a snake with her gold grill teeth close up, intertwined with footage of her dancing in the background.
A pretty solid debut album, make sure to listen to it here and decide for yourself if she is everything you want her to be.
Words: Dimas Bian
Photography: Zahra Reijs