Serena Isioma’s newest EP ‘The Leo Sun Sets’ is a striking declaration of identity, independence and youthful exuberance. The young Chicago native evokes a strong willed narrative that encompasses all the moods and emotions of her journey as a human.
From the opening track “King,” a tune full of enigmatic prowess to the painfully honest “Why am I So Toxic?,” Isioma’s music floats between genres and themes that capture the ups and downs of growing up.
With little interludes of lullaby-esque tunes, the EP flows together on a cerebral frequency, each song fine-tuned to encompass its respective theme.
Ending with a devil may care single “Stop Calling the Police On Me,” Isioma sets the landscape for a dreamy atmosphere that is in melody, spirit and substances, akin to People Under the Stairs‘ “Empty Bottles of Water.”
The tune rides on a wave of playful smoke while, lyrically, Isioma drums up images of “classic” pop culture familiar to young people her age while also referencing a particular strain of cannabis. It’s a youthful song, a more playful “fuck the police” while also expressing a desire to enjoy life to the fullest.
Striking a positive, but uncompromising tone, Isioma ends her album by sending her psyche off into the stratosphere, suspending her thoughts in perpetual motion to allow her to fill every space of her being.
Words: Patti Sanchez