On Tuesday night (Jan. 10), the weather in New York City was a wintry mix of brisk winds and snow-turned-slush covering the sidewalks. It’s the season to catch a cold, for sure, and at an intimate show at the Neueouse, SZA revealed to her audience that she has bronchitis and a sinus infection. "It’s lit!," she joked, before getting serious again. "I’m just excited to be here and get through things."
The singer also owned up to delays of her long-awaited album, A, which is approaching two years of buzz without an actual release, following a string of soothing and experimental EPs like 2013's S and 2014's Z. "[I] didn't have any soundcheck, so I'm incredibly nervous," she admitted. My name is SZA. I've been taking long as f--- to make an album.”
Still, the singer/songwriter born Solána Imani Rowe is appreciative of her fans' patience, rewarding them with a private gathering for tastemakers, media, and lucky fans to hear new tracks and favorites. Downstairs in the play space, a large curtain hid SZA’s band, as they did a quick rehearsal before their 9 p.m. start time. The lights were dimmed more generously than usual, making room for red and pink stage lights to project and create a mellow atmosphere.