Sugar Symphony - Chloe X Halle
By Laura Vale
You may not yet have heard of Chloe x Halle, but you soon will. They are Beyonce’s latest protegees, and have some of the most powerful yet delicate voices that are able to completely transport you away. Yesterday they dropped their first EP Sugar Symphony - a title that perfectly captures the essence of their music.
The first song of the EP, “Drop”, which is also their first single, is both moody and haunting yet beautiful. From the first few lines you can easily recognise the power within their voices as you transcend further into their world. The production behind the track is masterful, with every beat, synth and note placed seamlessly to create this melange that is consuming. The second verse resonates strongly in your head after listening, and you can easily become totally entranced.
This powerful, synesthetic track is followed by something altogether more gentle and pure, “Fall”, a graceful, strong and overwhelmingly alluring number. The paired back-track proves how the girls of only 16 and 18 years old are not only talented vocally, but lyrically too. The subtle delicacy in their harmonies and the strength of their voices just proves why Beyonce has taken them under her wing. “Thunder” brings back their more bold side, as they take control with such ease, but lacks the depth of the previous too, using heavy synths and bass to make it more of a dance vibe than anything else. Though it still has the power to completely consume you.
“Red Lights” is the perfect driving at night song. It’s gentle but still can grasp your attention, making you feel as though you’re in a movie scene. While it’s not the strongest song of the EP, it still has the ability to stay in your mind. What would be an exceptional track to another artist just becomes average to these two. The final song of the EP “Lazy Love” is sweet, catchy and perfectly finishes the the Sugar Symphony that they have created. The gentle repetition of “la-la-lay la-la-lazy love’ will remain in your head for hours.
The girls have created something truly special with this EP, and if this is their first release then you can be very, very excited for what they will bring in the future. Each track has its own personality, with each being well produced, lingering and perfectly combined. Their voices have something truly magical in them, their lyrics are tight and arresting and they have something very special to bring to R&B's glittering roster.