New Audio: Syd Silvair’s Dark and Dance Floor Friendly Debut Single

Syd Silvair is a New York-based tarot-reader by day and emerging singer/songwriter by night. Signing to Kobalt Music for a publishing deal, Sylvair has lent her songwriting and vocals to a number of different artists and projects, including Syn Cole‘s “Cool With That,” which was recently added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. With her debut single, the Dillon Pace-produced “Obsidian,” Silvair steps out into the limelight as a solo artist. The propulsive and dance floor friendly track pairs Silvair’s gossamer-like vocals with thumping beats, shimmering synth arpeggios and a sinuous bass line and in some way, sonically the song seems to draw from late 70s and early 80s disco and 80s New Wave — in particular, Stevie Nicks‘ “Stand Back.”

“My upcoming EP follows a narrative inspired by tarot cards, each song capturing the essence of a different card,” Silvair wrote to me in an email. “In writing and creating ‘Obsidian,’ I dove into the mindset of the moon card, where dualities are intertwined and sometimes indistinguishable. The shadows cast by this card can evoke terror or wonder– quite often both. I find the meaning of this card particularly relatable when it comes to those relationships that put our heads and our hearts at odds. I wanted listeners to be able to revel in that struggle through the dark danceability of ‘Obsidian.”