Spine tingling stuff now from SYML, the project of Seattle native Brian Fennell (also a founding member of Barcelona).
SYML means ‘simple’ in Welsh, but ‘Where’s My Love’ is anything but.
Written with cinematic use in mind, SYML likes to weave together bare piano, minimalist synth, string-scapes and soaring vocal melodies into a textured, emotive soundtrack, evoking movement and visual imagery with sound.
SYML’s new EP ‘Hurt For Me’ is out on 9 September.
Mark Diamond is exactly that. A musical diamond, shining brightly amongst the competition.
He has probably sparkled this bright since he started writing music, despite the regular rainfall in his hometown of Maple Valley, just outside of Seattle. Mark hopes that his music reminds fans (just as much as it does himself) to focus “on the brightness of the stars rather than question the darkness in-between them.”
Tattooed onto Mark’s left forearm reads “XVII-II-MMVI” – the date he first performed an original song in front of a large audience. Each day that tattoo staring at him is a reminder that all it takes is the courage to be yourself. At that moment, Mark remembers feeling like nothing in his life would be the same.
His expansive new track, ‘Dark Matter’, is about the push and pull of his own life and forms part of his ‘Cosma’ EP.
“The Cosma EP is so much more than a body of music to me. Writing these songs was extremely spiritual for me because I began to feel like I had found my place in the universe. Right away the record really started to take on a large atmospheric type mood and I definitely wanted that to continue because it felt so natural. I realized the importance of creating something without searching for perfection and allowing the life of a song take its course. For the most part, I feel as though these songs wrote themselves and I was just lucky enough to be there to catch them.”
Sounds like: Take That, Tom Odell, James Bay, Tender
Pioneering the modern age of remote music making is The Northcoast; an indie pop duo from New York and Seattle.
Using nothing but Dropbox as a means to co write, produce, record and finalise their songs, they write music inspired by the 80’s and early 90’s as well with some of today’s music in the realms of Passion Pit, M83, The 1975 and Chvrches.
Watch the video featuring the two together at last, directed by Nikolai Vanyo.
Sounds like: The 1975, Great Good Fine Ok, Passion Pit, M83, Chvrches