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Sylvie + Bobby Lee


Abbeydale Picture House
387 Abbeydale Road
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 1FS United Kingdom
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Drugdealer’s Ben Schwab unveils his own immaculate brand of sepia-tinged soft rock

Steeped in the sounds of mid-70s Laurel Canyon with a gentle infusion of folky psychedelia, Sylvie’s music is rich in reminiscence of times gone by.

For Schwab, a south California native, a chance discovery in a small Ohio town 2000 miles from home sparked the new artistic endeavour.

After unearthing a box of cassette tapes of his father’s old band from 1975 that’d been wrapped up and stored away in a closet for decades, the recordings became the imprint for a familiar feeling he would end up chasing.

“Making Sylvie has been a spiritual pursuit. Dad’s songs are straight from the heart and really shaped my taste and imagination for songwriting in a permanent way.”

Joined by vocalists Marina Allen and Sam Burton, Schwab records at his own garage in Silverlake, CA and channels his years of musicianship into writing expansive original arrangements.

With its distantly swirling harmonies and effortlessly soulful instrumentation, ‘Stealing Time’, Sylvie’s new single, delicately captures the well-known wistfulness of nostalgia; comfortingly warm yet quietly poignant.

+ Bobby Lee