Progressive singer, songwriter, and producer Brian Fennell aka SYML, returns to unveil his haunting new single ‘Lost Myself’, featuring Elbow frontman Guy Garvey.
Fennell, a longtime fan of the venerable British quartet, reached out to the singer to see if he’d lend his voice to the song. Garvey not only agreed to join Fennell on the song, he reworked his verse, bringing his unique perspective to the final recording.
Accompanied by a stunning new video, the additional visuals tell the story of Brian meeting Guy for the first time in London, having previously worked the track together remotely.
Speaking about the new offering, SYML said, “I’ve been a fan of Guy and Elbow since their album Cast of Thousands got stuck in my car’s CD player when I was in college. It would always come on glaringly loud whenever I started my car. I got to tell him this story when we were shooting the video for Lost Myself and had a good laugh. Singing with Guy feels like having a good conversation over a pint. Familiar and warm.”
While Guy Garvey added, “I was hooked by Brian’s emotionally fluent beautiful songwriting and very flattered to be asked to join him on this song. I also discovered that he’s a lovely bloke and a great laugh. Can’t wait until our next day out.”
Watch the video for ‘Lost Myself’ – BELOW:
SYML released his self-titled debut album in 2019, which included the platinum-selling song ‘Where’s My Love’. SYML is Welsh for ‘simple’ and pronounced ‘sim-muhl’. With over 1 billion streams, his music has connected with the world for its honest songwriting and emotive voice. Born and raised in Seattle, Fennell studied piano at university and became a self-taught producer, programmer, and guitarist. His music has been featured in countless movies, TV series, and ad campaigns, including Netflix’s original series ‘Behind Her Eyes’, which featured his version of Mr. Sandman as the title track.
His music has a sacred quality; themes tap into the instincts that drive us to places of sanctuary, whether that be a place or person. “It comes back to your identity of being human; throughout the time we’ve shared the same drive,” he explains. His own upbringing – interwoven with experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love – is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals.
“We have this awesome capability to be conscious and know what it is to be here”. This outlook helped him process the death of his adoptive father in 2021, as well as be there for his friends and family. It transpired in his haunting, grief-stricken EP ’DIM’, written and released during that year.
Having supported Dermot Kennedy on his most recent US tour, in late 2021, SYML embarked on an extensive US and European headline tour taking in some of the world’s most beautiful churches in support of his live album Sacred Spaces’. From sold-out shows at The Pepper Canister Church Dublin to London’s iconic Union Chapel to Paris’s Café de la Danse to Amsterdam’s Het Zonnehuis the tour took him full circle back to where it was all recorded at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Lots more to come from SYML in 2022.