New Mute signing Sylph has announced details of Silver As It Was Before, the debut 3-track EP out on Mute on 21 May 2021.
Listen to the first track, ‘Braid’, here:
Sylph is the solo project of former S.C.U.M founder and vocalist, Thomas Cohen, who began, several years ago, to bring a new musical project to life. Intended to be both psychedelic and collaborative in nature, it would be informed by notions of space and congregation, and built loosely around the concept of ‘mass’. This project eventually grew into Sylph; an elemental mix of electronic grit and club zing.
First track, ‘Braid’, a collaboration with French techno producer and artist, Terence Fixmer, is a slice of wiry techno that emits an industrial buzz. “That track was actually written about meeting Terence for the first time, although I haven’t told him that,” laughs Cohen. “I think I’m always looking for that in between space, and that is what I’m trying to bring with the vocal on that track.”
Sylph’s alien soundscapes have more in common with the after-dark scuzziness of S.C.U.M, so it felt natural to return to Mute, who released the band’s debut album in 2011. “On this new project I wanted to fuse the singer-songwriter format of having a verse or a chorus, with a harder electronic repetition,” explains Cohen.
Together with a techno collaborators Regis, Terence Fixmer, Nicolas Bougaïeff and Rrose, Cohen poured his ideas and inspirations, from architecture to textiles, into a series of club-tinged EPs, set for release through 2021.
SILVER AS IT WAS BEFORE TRACKLISTING
In The Morning Light
Tears Fall From The Sun
Listen to ‘Braid’: https://youtu.be/d0jpb795HCQ
Pre-order Silver As It Was Before: https://mute.ffm.to/sylph