In Sylva – “Honest” + “Island”


Two cuts from Canadian band In Sylva and their memorable debut album She, “Honest” and “Island” embody the act’s knack for balancing melodic alt-pop/rock hooks and emotive sincerity.

“Honest” kicks off right away into fervent guitar distortion, while “Island” opens into an ominous orchestral-laden intrigue — both commencing with strikingly different tones, though succeeding all the same in their quality songwriting. The latter evolves with patient precision into acoustic pulses, with the “waves are rising higher,” vocal momentum aligning with soaring strings into a spine-tingling close. Meanwhile, “Honest” never lets go with its ferocious alt-rock intensity, interspersing brief moments of acoustic-touched contemplation amidst bursts of anthemic rock. Stream the rest of this memorable album, below:

The band elaborates further on the album’s thematic approach:

“The conceptual progressive rock record delves into the journey of Chloe, a young woman navigating the tumultuous currents of urban life in search of her identity. Each chapter of the album unfurls a tapestry of her existence amidst the chaos of the metropolis, painting vivid portraits of her journey, as she struggles with addiction, self-destructive behaviours and toxic relationships.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

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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