Posts Tagged ‘SYML’

The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

March 1, 2018

We’re pleased to have contributed to the #SXSW Music Bloggers Guide! Take a look and discover the next generation of talent performing SXSW in March.

Professed our love for Hatchie, No Vacation and SYML! So glad to partake in official Music Blogger’s Guide for SXSW again this year. Looking forward to an epic week of music in Austin! 

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February 2, 2018

SYML, the Seattle based musician also known for his role as founder and frontman of Barcelona, has carved out a little niche of his own with his solo music this past year, and that niche has resonated with so many people that his music has now become mainstream radio fodder, too. Last month, Brian Fennell released SYML’s latest EP, In My Body, a six track exposé and a transcendental invitation to join Brian on a journey of introspection and connection. SYML’s music is always beautifully pensive and introspectively haunting. This week, a new music video has been released for EP track The War, a diaphanous sweeping dose of his deeply moving combination of ambient pop, atmospheric rock, and dream folk. It’s a rather devastating ballad, with mournful keys and afflicted vocals. The War’s video tells a rather dark tale of judgement, condemnation, and devastation. You can stream/purchase SYML’s In My Body EP, here. I look forward to catching him at SXSW, but you can also catch him on tour at a wide expanse of locations over the next few months. For more details, visit SYML’s website, here.

January 18, 2018

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 01.14.2018 – 01.18.2018

Featured Music – January 14 – 18, 2018
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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January 16, 2018

It might be two months away from now, but SXSW is on every obsessive music fan’s mind right now and I already have a growing list of must see artists and bands lingering in my mind. One such act is SYML, the musician from Seattle who’s also much loved as a founding member and the frontman of the band Barcelona. I imagine myself melting straight into the floor when I finally get to listen to his ambient pop and dream folk live, and though I’m still much absorbed by his breakout single Where’s My Love, I can’t help but fully surrender myself to his sophomore EP, In My Body, too. The EP, which just dropped last Friday, opens with this stunning song, Body, a somberly pensive yet eloquently billowing composition, saturated with lush instrumentals and SYML’s fluid and emotive vocals. Body is beautifully haunting and but another example of SYML’s exceptional ability to take us on a transcendental sojourn with his deeply moving, ever devastating music. Stream In My Body in full on Soundcloud, here. Download from iTunes, here.

August 22, 2017

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 08.18.2017 – 08.21.2017

Featured Music – August 18-21, 2017
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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August 19, 2017

Even though it’s been out and about for more than a year, I just can’t get over SYML’s Where’s My Love (revisit, here). The Seattle native and founding member of Barcelona took my breath away with the gut punching beauty of an ambient pop and dream folk song. I’ve been hearing it a lot on Live 105′s Soudncheck programming on Sunday nights, too, and each time SYML’s billowing vocals and tender lullaby hits my ears, I can’t help but stop what I’m doing and just sigh the longest sigh that ever was. Today, we turn towards another immensely moving, gorgeously devastating SYML piece now that he’s shared a music video accompaniment for the song. Fear Of The Water, which comes from SYML’s latest EP Hurt For Me, is an understated jewel, a gentle yet leafy orchestral aria. SYML says of the video, “The main rhythm throughout this song is based around a simple but familiar beat found in latin and afro-cuban music. It invokes movement. Acting this movement out on a piano is one thing, but to see it physically communicated through a human body is another. A lot of the footage is taken from “one-take” performances where they would let their bodies flow through the whole song, front to back, instead of taking it scene by scene. The result is more moving than I could have ever hoped.“ His Hurt For Me EP is available from Apple, here.

May 20, 2017

The Chordettes’ Mr. Sandman is without a doubt a timeless classic from the barbershop 50′s. Anyone would recognize its jingly melody as soon as they heard the candy coated song. SYML, that solo project created by Seattle native and Barcelona founder Brian Fennell, has offered up a surprise rendition of the oldie. Mr. Sandman has never been more sorrowfully haunting than it is here, whilst under the mournful spell SYML has cast over the song. His atmospheric cover is aching yet grand, cinematic yet despairing. It’s a brilliantly crafted new take on the song.

August 3, 2016

MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 08.01.2016

Featured music – August 1st, 2016

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August 2, 2016

Seattle native and founding member of the band Barcelona Brian Fennell is responsible for another astonishing project that I’ve just encountered today. SYML, which translates to “simple” in Welsh, takes my breath away with Where’s My Love, a gorgeously moving ambient pop song that, though serene and hushed, is by far not simple. Its lonesome piano, melancholic strings, and SYML’s gently aching voice pierce through the atmospheric song’s textured soundscape, at times evoking RY X’s moving music. Where’s My Love is exquisite, and it tugs hard at the heart strings. Learn more about SYML from the project’s website.