…close to your words, SINGLE: SYLIS ANDER – G.o.D
by Walter Price
There’s something both heartbreaking and inspiring about Portland singer-songwriter Sylis Ander’s debut single, “G.o.D.” (Graphite or Diamond). A yin and yang tale of agony vs. peace of mind, a reclamation. As his story goes, Ander lost half his hearing in his twenties as well as dealing with chronic tinnitus, the contrast for this artist must have been impossible on the best of days.
“1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.” – W.H.O.
This is now, and this DIY musician has been fitted with hearing-aids and this beautiful single is about the journey from the tormented past to reclaiming one’s self, living in sound. And I’ll say it again, the palpable inspiration drips from every verse and the undeniable sense of hope reigns. The kind of sincerity that can only be expressed if you’ve been there.
And if you’re a fan My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, and/or simply love songs that make you feel something, then “G.o.D.” will fit nicely on your life-is-full-darkness-and-light playlists.
Artist photo courtesy of Public Display PR.
Music and lyrics by Sylis Ander
“Indie-pop musician, Sylis Ander, is on a mission to #reclaimthesilence – presenting his music in a way that challenges how we listen to the world around us.” – FB Bio