Fresh off the buzz from a feature of their single Borders on the hit HBO show Insecure, multitalented duo St. Beauty releases their debut EP Running to the Sun. If you haven’t caught St. Beauty’s drift yet, get familiar. Comprised of Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, St. Beauty is an outfit signed under the Atlanta based Wondaland Arts Society. They’re in excellent creative company as the collective also houses Jidenna, Janelle Monae and Roman GianArthur.
A Few Things About Running to the Sun:
*Clocking in at just over 28 minutes , Running to the Sun is highly cohesive and I didn’t feel the need to skip any tracks. Not even the three interludes that frame the 10 track EP. Seamlessly meshed ethereal harmonies paired with almost trippy-trap based beats bring their concept of a “Confetti” genre to life in a very big way.
* Relationships, sheet romps, struggle finances and awkwardness are all concepts that dominate the lyrical content on Running to the Sun. Running in line with the current state of affairs within music and film, St. Beauty does their part in adding to the multi-dimensional narratives Black women are giving to the world about themselves.
* These girls do NOT play about their aesthetics. Having met while working together in Atlanta’s Poor Little Rich Girl shop, the members of St. Beauty do not pass up an opportunity to dress the part. Everything from their style, to their promo, to their packaging gives vintage black girl opulence vibe; their whole style is pleasing to the eye. Their visuals aren’t to be missed either; released on the same day as Running to the Sun, the video for Not Discuss It is receiving rave reviews for it’s nod to antique melanin magic. Check out my favorite tracks below and find the whole EP wherever you stream. Enjoy!