Ferris & Sylvester are gearing up for the release of their 'The Yellow Line' EP on June 23rd 2017. The duo recently signed to Youth's new publishing company Painted Word Music. Killing Joke bassist Youth will be most familiar for his impressive string of production credits that include The Verve, Crowded House, Paul McCartney and a terrific album by Howie Day. With this heavyweight support things are looking bright for Ferris & Sylvester and the EP shows immense promise for the future. You can catch the duo live in London on July 12th 2017 at the famed Half Moon in Putney. The press release about the EP and the video for 'Berlin' follows:
Leading with Ferris & Sylvester’s beautiful harmonies and rich finger-picked guitar,’Berlin’ is anindie-folk epic which addresses the frank process of surviving a bitter break-up.
Regarding ‘Berlin’ the band say, “Berlin’ tells the story of a love coming to an end. The song doesn’t romanticise the situation or shy away from the stark reality of it; it shows the confusing, awkward and lonely journey of leaving someone and where that can leave you. ‘Berlin’ was the first song that we recorded in Space Mountain Studios with Youth and his team. We had loads of fun experimenting with the sound of this song, making it both intimate and epic.”
‘Berlin’ follows the release of Ferris & Sylvester’s debut single ‘Save Yourself’. The bittersweet love song has received support from BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing, and is also taken from The Yellow Line EP.
Elsewhere on the EP, ‘Cold Summer’ is a heart-warming folk ballad with themes of loneliness among distinct harmonies and stunning strings, while ‘This Is What You Get’ closes the EP with a smooth blues-influence.
Speaking about the EP Ferris & Sylvester say, “The Yellow Line EP is our first record as Ferris & Sylvester. For both of us, it felt essential that our first release was centred around our storytelling. Each song tells a different story; from sitting on a busy train at rush hour, to pining for the memory of someone lost, to begging for a broken heart, to getting your heart broken. We feel it sets the tone for what’s to come with our music.”
In early 2016, the London based West Country duo caught the ear of legendary producer Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Crowded House). He invited them to record at his studio in Spain, where The Yellow Line EP was recorded.
With clear references in their catchy folk sound to the mid-60s vibes of NYC’s Greenwich Village such as Bob Dylan and the Lovin' Spoonful, Ferris & Sylvester also sit firmly amongst contemporaries like Laura Marling and Ray Lamontagne.