Cameo Gallery, a dark and cozy space in Williamsburg played host last Sunday night to the record release party for Brooklyn-based electro pop/rock Syvia’s debut album FWD. In what seemed like an appropriate cry for a band celebrating a new beginning, lead singer Ruth Mirsky sang, “Who wants to be alone? No, I don’t want to be alone,” on Unloveable. Judging from the enthusiasm of the crowd, she was neither alone nor unloveable.
Syvia is a study in contrasts. Mirsky often sings from inside the music—there is an insistence in her voice, and a soft lyricism, that exist along the sounds of gritty guitars, synthesizers, and marching band drumming. On slow numbers the singer’s voice lay above and rested on the sounds.
In reconfiguring older styles of music, Syvia also plays a game with the past, and plays on our memories to create something new. As they played Sunday night I was reminded of what it is like not just to go see a concert, but to watch art in the process of being made.
Syvia’s music can take us to a past place, even as it propels us forward. “Forward, forward, forward and on we go,” Mirsky sang Sunday night on the new album’s title track.
Brooklyn-based Cthulhu Fantasy started things off Sunday night with a primal, awakening combination of Daniel Bouley’s pounding drums and Eddie O.’s space synths.
Article by: Hanan Ohayon