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The Day My Father Died a new album

SYML is the solo venture of Brian Fennell, who was previously part of the indie band Barcelona. SYML released his eponymous debut album on May 3, 2019, through Nettwerk Records. Now we have a new release, The Day My Father Died to inspire us.  We have covered one-man creative efforts throughout our tenure, including the Bahamas by Afie Jurvane, and know that many strong band members stand behind/beside these great creators.

Fennell performs under the solo project SYML, Welsh for “simple” and pronounced “sim-muhl,” inspired by his heritage from his biological parents, who are Welsh. His experience grappling with his adoption and heritage influences his songwriting. Brian’s vocals might be compared to Bon Iver to the casual listener.  Listen with good headphones or earbuds, like the top-rated Bose Quiet Comfort. You will hear a unique voice crafted by Brian Fennell after working with his college grad friends in Barcelona and, more recently, collaborating with Lana Del Ray.  There is abundant Brian Fennell, Barcelona, and SYML band information online, so we will not replicate/regurgitate any here.  Today’s journey began with a live acoustic set of new songs featured on 91.7 WICB radio and the KEXP studio (10/2022) show featured in this article. 

CR’s Take

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http://KEXP.ORG presents SYML performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded October 16, 2022.

00:30 Believer 5:20 Corduroy 9:00 You and I 12:06 Where’s my love

Brian Fennell – Guitar / Vocals
Brian Eichelberger – Bass / Piano / Violin / Vocals
Abby Gundersen – Vocals
Zawadi Morrow – Wurlitzer / Violin
Ulf Wahlgren – Drums

Host: Troy Nelson
Audio Engineer: Julian Martlew
Audio Mastering: Ian Davidson
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Carlos Cruz & Scott Holpainen
Editor: Carlos Cruz





Brian Fennell (SYML)

October 29, 2017 – On a rain-soaked Sunday evening, Seattle-based SYML (Brian Fennell) performs live in the Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston. We got a chance to sit down with SYML before the show to talk about his search for identity and how that search has inspired his music. He also shares the story behind his stage moniker and some of the funnier made-up acronyms for SYML.

Supporting SYML from the Berklee College of Music:

Yijun Huang – violin
Tania Mesa – violin
Cristobal Cruz Garcia – cello
Shaochia Lee – cello

Set list: Hurt For Me 0:56 Wildfire 5:12 Better 10:58 Fear Of The Water 16:00 Leave Like That 23:25 Mr. Sandman (cover) 27:28 The War 32:16 Where’s My Love 38:26

Video Credits:
Greg Shea – Director/Camera/Editor
Alan Mattes – Audio Recording & Mix
Chris Voss – Host/Interviewer
Jess Barnthouse – Camera
Stacy Buchanan – Camera
Jasraj Padhye – Camera
Kyler Shea – Camera
Phil Reilly & Greg Shea – Lighting

I am so freaking happy I found their music, it’s literally the most soothing and calming and ahh perfect

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SYML Live at AB – Ancienne Belgique

SYML’s full set from his 14 October 2019 concert in Brussels, Belgium at AB – Ancienne Belgique. Intro (0:00) The Bird (2:05) WDWGILY (6:51) Connor (11:14) Animal (16:00) Girl (20:57) Before You Knew It Was Me (25:03) Meant To Stay Hid (29:02) Wildfire (35:13) Break Free (39:32) Body (43:17) Bed (48:17) Flags (53:18) Where’s My Love (57:18) Clean Eyes (1:01:53) Mr. Sandman (cover The Chordettes) (1:05:30) Everything All At Once (1:09:42)


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Oana Cernat: Tell me three songs that everyone should hear.

SYML: I think the new Bon Iver is great, he had a song that is called “Hey, Ma” that is amazing, and also “Faith” is amazing too on that album. “Don’t Miss It” by James Blake is also beautiful and the new project of Brandi Carlile called “The Highwomen” with the song that I really love: “If She Ever Leaves Me”.

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SYML 2023 Concert Tour Dates