SZA decided to dump some "random thoughts" on SoundCloud over the weekend, and by thoughts, she means new music. The artist surprise dropped three new songs - "Nightbird," "I Hate You," and "Joni" – on an anonymous SoundCloud page.
The new releases follow SZA debuting a song called "Shirt" on a livestream performance that took place July 1. While all three of the anonymous new songs were uploaded to an account named "." on the platform, SZA confirmed the songs were hers by tweeting a link to the page and saying she was “dumping random thoughts.”
The first song, "Nightbird," has SZA yearning for a love interest to stay the night while deep guitar solos and crisp drums back her up. "I Hate You" is exactly what the title suggests: an honest diss track that never loses its cool. Finally, "Joni" is a slightly more acoustic track that only runs one minute and thirty seconds. Despite its short runtime, it holds a powerful message about ambition.
When a fan responded to SZA's SoundCloud tweets asking for a recorded version of "Shirt," the singer added, “She nex.”
She nex https://t.co/seqSKStCOr— SZA (@sza) August 22, 2021
It's not yet known if all of these new songs will be featured on SZA's next album. Last month, the singer joked during her IN BLOOM livestream that she was "probably about to scrap all of [the next record] and start from scratch."
"I think they’ll be surprised to know that it’s not what they thought, and it’s not coming when they thought," she added. "I hope that they’ll be pleasantly surprised."
SZA’s last studio album, CTRL, was released in 2017, though she has released two singles – "Hit Different (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)" and "Good Days" – in the past year. She's also been vocal about Lizzo's new music, tweeting that the fellow musician played her a new song and it was "the best song I ever heard in my life."
Listen to SZA's new songs below.
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Article Image: A close-up of SZA performing in August 2017. (The Come Up Show [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)