Question the company you keep is the transparent message Charlotte singer/songwriter, pianist, drummer and producer Cyanca. She is the reincarnate of golden age neo-soul for fans of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo.
“New Phone, Who Dis” is a smooth, simple ode of company and the hustle. Laphelle’s minimal, slow-burning production is captivating, allowing listeners to be mesmerized by Cyanca’s vocals. Cyanca tenderly croons to remind us to protect our peace and energy: “If you can’t coincide with my mind / we can’t be lay up / If you ain’t tryna grind / we can’t be textin’.
Filmmaker Alexander Hall’s eclectic 80’s inspired video depicts the Smithfield native at the center of a money tree. Soon enough, male model Muhammed Freeman is spellbound by cardinal vices of pride and greed until he is connived by his painter Lute .
Isle of Queens is a moving body of work capturing the soul and essence of Black queendom. She touches on themes of self-worth (Recipe), stability (Badu) and resilience (Future Mystery, Eat). Atlanta artist and producer Jaguar Summer provides additional perspective to strengthen her messages.
We’re excited to see what she has in store next. Keep up by following Cyanca for on Twitter and Instagram.