Christinna O is a poet. Sure, plenty of songwriters reach for beauty and something resembling an impactful truth with their words, but this is an artist who's arguably a poet before she's a musician.

O, still only 19, began her journey towards her current fledgling career writing poetry while being homeschooled to avoid bullying. Naturally, in such an environment, it was easy for her to retreat into a cocoon of her own making, gradually earning her gravitas and self-understanding far beyond her years.

It's telling that her debut EP is punctuated by spoken word pieces. As pointed and assured as her R&B explorations prove to be, O is still, perhaps, at her most powerful simply turning a phrase and peering mercilessly at her own weaknesses and strengths in equal measure.

Indeed, Girl in Passing immediately feels more artful than near any of her peers, a startlingly realized and gripping portrait of the artist in their youth. 'Cardio Interludes', in particular, highlights her power as a new voice, all while simply chatting. "And I know girl wishes her legs were stronger, and longer/ so that she could run farther and faster/ maybe then she'd convince herself, and everyone in passing/ that she has somewhere to go, somewhere to be," she says, and we hang on every word, seeing ourselves in her insecurities.

Creatively, she drifts towards, and winds between, the worlds of Janet Jackson's supreme feminine confidence and the bruised empathy of Blood Orange, with music leaning more towards the organic lushness of the latter while establishing a vibe all its own. Often, she's on the slower side of alt-R&B grooves, patiently working her way through shades, but when she kicks things up to radio-ready catchy on 'Catatonia', she glides through with equal aplomb and ease.

Linking with Rogét Chahayed didn't hurt. A name you might be unfamiliar with, the producer has nonetheless had a hand in his share of big moments in recent years, from DRAM's 'Broccoli' to Travis Scott's 'Sicko Mode'. Here, on the likes of 'Shelter', he provides a musical warmth to match O's own.

In short, Girl in Passing is the rare debut that not only lacks any tentative footing-finding whatsoever, but feels more concentrated and purposeful than many artist's peak statements. With any justice whatsoever she'll be occupying an enviable position before long at all. Forget one to watch, this is one to shadow.