Sylvie Rose – ‘Sunshine Still Off’ EP

Sunshine Still Off is the captivating debut EP from Sylvie Rose, a UK-based flautist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader. She is also the founder of Creative Heights, a project that bridges outdoor adventure and the arts. The EP also features Anton Hunter on guitar, Adam Fairhall on keys, Richard Young on drums, and Stuart Eastham on bass. An emphasis on improvisation pairs with Sylvie Rose’s aesthetical pursuits within Brazilian grooves and new jazz, immersing throughout.

Elegant piano, wordless vocal harmonies, and wave-crashing ambient effects commence the gripping soundscape on “Sunshine Still Off.” “When sunlight lifts me to the wind,” the vocals exude, lending a free-spirited enamoring with bird-like soaring that meshes beautifully with the slight, jazzy percussion and serene piano work. This subdued opening ventures into a vibrant display of illuminated piano intensity and more prominent rhythms, fit for a late-night lounge; the track is exemplary of the artist’s melodic and atmospheric strengths.

The EP also impresses in its book-ends. “Lychee” enthralls with a palpable mystique, as flute flourishes, moody piano, guitar spurts make for a spy-theme feeling. A graceful, piano-fronted shift past the four-minute mark provides a more caressing serenity, as chilly woodwinds and twangy guitars traverse into the stellar conclusion. “Pot of Gold” compels as the EP finale, engaging with an eclectic tonal range — from rhythmic-less minimalism to effervescent enthusiasm. Sunshine Still Off is a memorable showing from Sylvie Rose.

“Sunshine Still Off” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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