SYML Shares New Song & Video; World Tour Starts 9/13       

September 5, 2018 BY Nettwerk

SYML (Brian Fennell) has released his new song, “WDWGILY,” along with the video that premiered Friday on Earmilk, who said, “Despite using simplicity as a motto, ‘WDWGILY’ showcases Fennell’s ability to weave together a web of oblique layers and melodies that build with an exponential ferocity. Starting with a piano that embodies the feeling of an impending rainstorm, Fennell croons the track’s magnetic and atmospheric chorus.” Music Feeds Australia adds “...stunning….melancholic, downtempo electronica, ‘WDWGILY’ pairs minimalist synths, sparse keys and graceful, soul-filled vocals.” True to what fans have come to expect, the track is dark and emotive and a mantra to oneself in the throes of realizing the shortcomings of a relationship. When writing the song, SYML decided to push his musical boundaries and shy away from the traditional pop song structure, and instead lean into new sounds, effects and atypical song structures.

The production on the track is more beat driven than past songs, adding another layer to the Seattle artist and producer. SYML is Brian’s first solo project, giving him the freedom to experiment with songwriting, collaborate with close friends, and push himself outside of his musical comfort zone.

Last month, he produced Single Rider, Jenn Champion’s new album, which Pitchfork called “...crowd-pleasing synth pop in an intriguing collaboration with Seattle-based producer SYML…” Stereogum noted, “Working with producer Brian Fennell (aka SYML), Champion achieves a kind of hi-fi anthemic pop sensibility on the new record, without losing any of her emotional gravitas” and Gorilla Vs. Bear called the record, “stellar.”


Following sold-out shows across North America and Europe earlier this year, SYML will return this Fall for a worldwide headline run. The Where Did We Go Tour launches in Montreal, Québec on September 13th and ends on November 17th in Munich, Germany, with stops in most major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Denver. A full list of dates can be found below.

SYML’s breakout single “Where’s My Love” has achieved Gold certification in CanadaThe Netherlands and Belgium and is nearing 200 million combined streams worldwide with over 50+ million YouTube views.

Brian Fennell began to write and record under the name SYML (which means “simple in Welsh”) in 2016.


9/13       Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe

9/14       Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

9/15       Kitchener, ON @ Centre in the Square

9/16       Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

9/18       New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

9/19       Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

9/21       Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

9/22       Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

9/23       Columbus, OH @ The Basement

9/25       Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi

9/26       Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee

9/27       Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

9/29       Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

10/11      Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

10/16      San Diego, CA@ The Casbah

10/17      Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

10/18      Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

10/19      San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

10/20      Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver

10/25      Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial

10/26      Victoria, BC@ Capital Ballroom

10/27      Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

11/5        Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

11/6        Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

11/8        London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

11/9        Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère

11/10      Cologne, DE @ Artheatre

11/11      Leuven, BE @ Het Depot

11/13      Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg Pandora

11/14      Groningen, NL @ Lutherse Kerk

11/15      Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache

11/16      Berlin, DE @ Privatclub

11/17      Munich, DE @ Milla