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Album Review

Matt Martians' design for Ego Death asserts that the Internet, which the producer co-pilots with singer/songwriter and producer/engineer Sydney Bennett, should be considered a band, not a duo. The names of the additional four — keyboardist Jameel Bruner, guitarist Steve Lacy, bassist Patrick Paige II, and drummer Christopher Allan Smith — along with those of numerous associates and guest artists, appear throughout the credits of the Internet's third and best album. While part of the appeal of Purple Naked Ladies and Feel Good was in their off-the-cuff and unassuming qualities, some of the songs verged on sketches and happenstance tangents that merely evoked a chemically enhanced and/or intimate mood. The majority of Ego Death is tighter. Bennett has refined her songwriting without reducing the candid approach that colors her past compositions. Additionally, the tangents are fewer and more substantive. It doesn't pick up where Feel Good left off. Instead of opening with a free-flowing mood-setter, the album starts with Bennett's voice barely above a whisper, declaring "Now she wanna f**k with me," daydreaming about escape, in tandem with trudging bass and lapping percussion. Much of what follows is similarly direct, or at least as concise. "Girl," co-produced by Bruner and Kaytranada, is a dimly lit gem of a ballad, a simple love song with loping bass and fluttering synthesizer evoking heartache with as much resonance as Bennett's words. Other nuanced, low-key standouts sound like they started as informal jam sessions and were shaped into near perfection. In the cloud surfing, James Fauntleroy-assisted "For the World," Bennett's consciousness is so altered that she blissfully slurs to a lover that she's willing to kill for her, then dismisses the thought with "We're chillin' instead, give me a kiss." Bennett's sharp pen and ability to convey a mix of emotions are also in top form in "Under Control," where she impels a relationship with a lot of conviction and a little anxiety. One of the best noncommercial R&B albums of 2015, Ego Death is perfectly timed, in sync with — and distinct from — other standout releases connected to the thriving L.A. community, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, Kamasi Washington's The Epic, Miguel's WILDHEART, and Bilal's Adrian Younge-produced In Another Life.

Customer Reviews

The Death of Ego!

Man… 3rd time’s a charm and the gang definitely brought their A game on this one and being a part of it adds a little more sentiment to it.
The production is full of surprises, The lyrical content is honest, the melodies has a dark depth to them and Syd’s voice has come a LONG way. The progress is evident.
True Internet fans won’t be disappointed and the new comers are in for a treat.

Yes and YES!! 👌🏽

I love their albums and everything they do.

Partners In Crime Pt 3. I'm bout to go crazy 😍😍

Album of the Year, hands down!

This album is sensational. If it doesn't win any kind of awards with the title "Best" attached to it, I have no more hope in mankind. Straight up! This is funky r&b at it's best. Syd is basically this generations Lauren Hill and the rest of the group are the fugees, but even funkier! This is better than a classic album. It's timeless.

Biography

Formed: 2011 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '10s

Presented as Odd Future affiliates but very much a distinct entity, the Internet also deviate significantly from hit-seeking commercial R&B with a sound involving understated vocals and loose, live instrumentation. The group's nucleus is singer, songwriter, and engineer Sydney Bennett (aka Syd tha Kyd and simply Syd) and producer Matthew Martin (aka Matt Martians). Prior to the group's 2011 arrival, Bennett -- a native of Los Angeles' Crenshaw district -- produced tracks by Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis,...
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Ego Death, The Internet
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jun 26, 2015
  • Parental Advisory

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