Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sylvaine - Wistful

Powerful and ambient, Sylvaine is a multi instrumentalist who crafts the sort of music that you can get lost in. Her beautiful vocals are layered on top of lush arrangements, creating a sound reminiscent of Les Voyages De L'ame era Alcest. What I'm trying to say is that Sylvaine is more than just another post metal act. This is a musician who lays hr heart out with the music and forces you o reconcile the incredible, overarching beauty that her work has been able to create. Wistful is what the future of music should sound like.

What captures my imagination with Wistful is Sylvaine's unique approach to songwriting. Her use of keys and synths in conjunction with a rather distinct guitar style have set her up to be one of the more interesting artists of her generation. Her powerful voice gives the album a sense of transcendence, the layers found within are endless, but are quickly picked apart, rewarding the listener right away, but then enticing them to come back for more. Though the timbre stays rather similar throughout the album that's kind of the point - it gives you something to meditate on, an album to get lost in and to remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place.

Wistful is an absolutely monumental travail. The sense of forward motion Sylvaine's music has in conjunction with the power of the compositions is going to keep even the most pretentious music nerd wrapped up in the sound. She's one of those artists who has an understanding of music that seems to be almost spiritual. Wistful tugs at the heart strings and its constant magic is going to make you tear up in recognition at what the band has been able to do here. So turn it up and tune out, this is how you want to be spending your Friday evening - trust me.

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