SEATTLE ARTIST SYML RETURNS WITH PERSONAL SONG “SWEET HOME”
February 11, 2022 BY Claire Julian
Today, Seattle singer, songwriter, and producer SYML, returns with a new song, “Sweet Home.” Recorded in Seattle, the song is produced by Phil Ek. The video offers an intimate glimpse into Brian Fennell’s current life and the path he traveled growing up in Seattle while harmonies crescendo over with sweeping orchestral melodies. He adds, “’Sweet Home’ is never one place. It is never one person. It is a collision, beautiful and hideous, of every place and every person that we entangle ourselves with that allows us to recognize ‘home’. This song feels cozy and nostalgic, like the nostalgia of something good is enough to carry us through any storm. That is home.”
When asked about the video, SYML explains, “When I wrote ‘Sweet Home,’ I was feeling nostalgic. What’s interesting is that it was a pretty generic sort of nostalgia. As I spent more time with the song, and what the video might be, it occurred to me that as we grow, our concept of home grows with us. Home will always be some mythical combination of places and people from our past that never stops changing, which makes nostalgia tricky.
This video is about my memories of home. The obvious starting point was my childhood home. When we got there, I was expecting some big feelings, but my memory of that place had changed so much that it all felt a bit dull. We visited other important places like the university where I studied music education and met my longtime mentor who helped shape me as a musician. We stood outside an iconic Seattle venue (The Crocodile Cafe) and the house where I lived and wrote the first SYML songs, and it all felt strange. It’s not like these places lost their significance in my life, but they are no longer mine. New people fill those spaces and the idea of sharing nostalgia made me a bit sad.
We ended the shoot day at my house with my family. Being grounded for the past two years has certainly given me a new sense of home. What’s crazy is that even within the familiarity I have here, my home is changing every day. Babies are born, pets are adopted, little projects around the house . . . always changing.
Of course, part of the reason for this video was to share important pieces of my life. I didn’t anticipate that it would help me understand nostalgia better.”
WATCH + SHARE “SWEET HOME”
Next month, SYML will embark on a tour of Europe and Canada at some of the world’s most beautiful churches in support of his live album Sacred Spaces, released last November and recorded at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The tour is mostly sold out including a three-night run at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles. A complete list of dates is below.
SYML released his self-titled debut album in 2019, which included the platinum-selling song Where’s My Love. 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 Seattle Pacific University and is a self-taught producer, programmer, guitarist.
Mar 4 Copenhagen, DK Hotel Cecil
Mar 5 Oslo, NO Parkteatret
Mar 6 Stockholm, SE Sodra Teatern
Mar 8 Hamburg, DE Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall (SOLD OUT)
Mar 10 London, UK Union Chapel
Mar 11 Manchester, UK Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
Mar 12 Dublin, IE Pepper Canister Church (SOLD OUT)
Mar 31 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theater *
Apr 1 Calgary, AB Bella Concert Hall *
Apr 2 Edmonton, CA Festival Place *
Apr 7 Vancouver, BC Hollywood Theater *
Apr 8 Victoria, CA Alix Goolden Performance Hall *
Apr 20 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (SOLD OUT)
Apr 21 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (SOLD OUT)
Apr 22 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (SOLD OUT)
May 4 Cologne, DE Kulturkirche (SOLD OUT) *
May 5 Amsterdam, NL Het Zonnehuis (SOLD OUT) *
May 6 Amsterdam, NL Het Zonnehuis (SOLD OUT) *
May 8 Zurich, CH Plaza *
May 9 Paris, FR Café de la Danse (SOLD OUT) *
May 10 Brussels, BE Les Nuits Botanique *
May 11 Berlin, DE Passionskirche (SOLD OUT) *
* rescheduled show. All original tickets honored.