New York-based singer/songwriter, bassist and producer Sylvia Gordon, best known as Sylvia Black. Gordon is an internationally recognized artist for her work as the frontwoman of electro pop act K.U.D.U. and for her collaborations with The Black-Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, Spank Rock, The Knocks, and Telepopmusik. Now if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past couple of years, you may be familiar with Gordon’s solo side project Betty Black, a project that has received attention across the blogosphere and elsewhere for hauntingly seductive material that draws from a variety of sources including garage rock, Southern gothic blues, the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and ambient electronica while thematically exploring love, lust, longing and obsession.
Although a few singles have been released over the course of this site’s history, Gordon’s long-awaited sophomore Betty Black album Valley Low was released earlier this year — in fact you might recall coming across posts on album singles “Come Back Lover,” “Valley Low” and “Out of My Hands.” The album’s latest single “Black Car” sounds as though it draws from Western soundtracks, 60s pop and psych rock as Gordon along with frequent collaborator Rudyard Lee Cullers pair anthemic and seemingly call and response boy/girl-led hooks, jangling guitar chords, brief blasts of triumphant horn and a driving rhythm in a song that simultaneously describes a couple hitting the road together for romantic adventures and two lonely souls hitting the road with the hope of stumbling upon love — or at least adventures. Whereas the previously released singles were noir-ish, the latest single manages to possess a warm, hopeful vibe full of possibility; and in some way, it sounds as though it were nodding at Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper-era The Beatles and Crocodiles.
The recently released music video for “Black Car” will further cement Gordon’s reputation for paring her sounds with tie-dye and neon bright psychedelic imagery, grainy and pixellated VHS-like video, kaleidoscopic filters and more as a result that psych rock is a major influence on Gordon and her aesthetic.
Gordon has a few upcoming NYC and LA shows. Check out tour dates below:
June 4 New York, NY @ The Roxy Hotel
June 13 New York, NY @ Berlin
June 18 New York, NY @ The Roxy Hotel
July 9 New York, NY @ The Roxy Hotel
July 23 New York, NY @ The Roxy Hotel