Tuesday, 18 July 2017

New To You Spotlight: UK Folk/Americana duo Ferris & Sylvester

Ferris & Sylvester

Band Members: Issy Ferris (hometown of Leamington Spa) and Archie Sylvester
Home Town: London
Ferris & Sylvester Photo Credit: Facebook 

"We wanted to make our first video as personal as possible so we filmed it in our favourite spots. It is completely raw and honest. We had a great time with it and Ben did an amazing job in capturing the feel of the song.”

Published on April 28, 2017 Ferris & Sylvester - Save Yourself (Official Video; 1,007 views)

Influences: Dawes, Little Feet, Shakey Graves, Angus & Julia Stone, The Lumineers, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, First Aid Kit, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Prince.

Folk/alt-country/Americana/Blues duo Ferris & Sylvester are a London based duo made up of Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. The two met as solo musicians, battling through the carnage that is London’s vibrant music scene and started writing together. In early 2016, Ferris & Sylvester’s thoughtfully crafted song writing caught the ear of legendary producer Youth (Paul McCartney/The Verve/ Crowded House). The pair recorded their first record with 4 track THE YELLOW LINE EP (tagged Folk; released June 23, 2017 UK iTunes) with Youth in his Space Mountain Studios, Spain.

Release Date: 23 June 2017

Label: Big Life Music Ltd

4 Tracks/ Time: 17:01

With clear references in their catchy folk setup to the mid-60s sounds of NYC’s Greenwich Village such as Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, the duo also sit firmly amongst contemporaries like Laura Marling and Ray Lamontagne. 

Their clever combination of Archie’s blues influence and Issy’s soft folk tone has created a distinctive genre of their own.

‘We were both part of the same music scene in Camden until eventually we met and started doing some writing together. Since then, we’ve spent most of our days locked away in Archie’s bedroom, writing and recording. Early last year, we took our scruffy demos and unpolished material over to see legendary producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover and stumbled through a few new songs in his front room. A few months later, we were recording our debut EP with Youth and his amazing team in his studio in Sierra Nevada. It’s been a great year - touring Ireland, releasing our EP, and working with some incredible people.’

Ferris & Sylvester released the video for their new single ‘Berlin’ (released May 26, 2017) which premiered with The Independent.
Elsewhere on the EP, ‘Cold Summer’ is a heart-warming folk ballad with themes of loneliness among distinct harmonies and stunning strings, while ‘This Is What You Get’ closes the EP with a smooth blues-influence.
They shared with Noctis Mag.com: “The Yellow Line EP is our first record as Ferris & Sylvester. For both of us, it felt essential that our first release was centred around our storytelling. Each song tells a different story; from sitting on a busy train at rush hour, to pining for the memory of someone lost, to begging for a broken heart, to getting your heart broken. We feel it sets the tone for what’s to come with our music.”
Their EP Launch (Facebook Post) took place on Wed, July 12, 2017 at The Half Moon, Putney (joined by Joe Corbin)
The bittersweet love song  ‘Save Yourself’ has received support from BBC Radio 2 (Morning Acoustic BBC Playlist) and BBC Introducing (Webpage).

Further Reading:
Rollingstone 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: July 2017
Sounds Like: Dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop that tickles the ear and softens you up for the thornier sentiments contained therein
For Fans of: The Civil Wars, the Swell Season, hard truths set to song
Why You Should Pay Attention: Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester were playing London's gig grind separately before joining together last year in a duo that spotlights Ferris' gorgeously dusky singing voice and their immaculate harmonies.......Read More

An Interview with Ferris & Sylvester - Missguided
(EP Review) It’s artists such as Ferris and Sylvester and some of my favourites like previously mentioned Mazzy Star and another favourite Mindy Smith that have a rarity in the sense of being completely captivating and endlessly playable with no repetitive or heavily produced sounds - Building Our Own Nashville

Fri 15 September 2017 - The Harrison, Greater London

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