At 16, Willow Smith’s Wilough project has evolved considerably since her initial uploads of simple, sweet, soul-rich vocals over swervy neo-soul beats. The young singer-songwriter’s newest release-the brief but beautiful, three-track Mellifluous EP–is a stark turn away from Soundcloud-sensible hip-hop and R&B. Visceral and vulnerable, Wilough casts sophisticated vocal spells over meandering electric guitar melodies. Thinking beyond strict rhythms, the electric guitar grants her a certain sense of creative freedom. Tracks like “Cave Wall” and “Need To Know” sound like stripped-down prog-rock ballads with a certain propensity for jazz. But these tracks are mere sketches, frustratingly short songs that hint at something much more profound to come in the near future.
Stream Mellifluous below.