chloe x halle - sugar symphony

With all the hubbub over Drake finally releasing his much-awaited Views album last week, there was another, quieter release that also landed on the last Thursday in April.

Beyoncé is as much a businesswoman as she is an entertainer. Her tours are profitable, her marketing genius is unparalleled, and her brand is bigger than it’s ever been. What may be lesser known to those who aren’t self-professed Beyhivers, however, is that Mrs. Carter has an entertainment and management company called Parkwood Entertainment. The company has, for the most part, been responsible for putting out a majority of the visual products the singer-songwriter is involved in – for example, the movies Cadillac Records and Obsessed, and all of her HBO specials.

But last year, Parkwood Entertainment began managing music artists as well; it signed to its roster upcoming singers on the rise Ingrid, Sophie Beem, and sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey. The latter duo have since branded themselves as “Chloe x Halle”; and released their official debut EP, entitled Sugar Syphony, on April 29th. This, after making a cameo appearance in Beyonce’s long-form Lemonade visual video-album just the week before.

Chloe x Halle x Beyonce

You would expect the debut project of sixteen and seventeen-year-old siblings (Chloe is the elder of the two) to be pop-heavy. That’s how most teenage acts break out. Instead, Sugar Symphony carries a surprisingly mature, R&B-geared sound. The EP – which was premiered by Billboard – clocks in at five tracks deep and just over sixteen minutes in length. Lead single “Drop” kicks things off, and melts into the smooth-as-butter pensive cut “Red Lights.” The two girls even flirt with EDM by way of the upbeat and funky “Thunder.” The closest thing to pop is “Lazy Love,” which isn’t a cover of Ne-Yo’s similarly titled track but a bouncy number that has radio single potential. It turns out that nothing about Chloe and Halle’s “symphony” is “sugary”; but that doesn’t make it any less sweet to the ears.

Stream Chloe x Halle’s Sugar Symphony EP for yourself down below. Sugar Symphony is out now on iTunes.

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