NEW YORK, NY [MARCH 19, 2021] In a country that seems to be in a state of constant protest, it’s strange to think that music with strong political stances often doesn’t receive the same attention as it once did, like in the 60s psychedelic movement. One artist that has been able to tastefully string together critical political sentiments with modern musical timbres is NYC’s Sylvan Paul. His music occupies a space between dusty nostalgia and futurist longing.
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America EP out now:
Sylvan Paul is the most recent signee to Wolf + Lamb, with his aptly titled America EP out now. The 3-track EP reflects on the current state of politics in the country and the various forms of violence inherent to American culture.
In Sylvan Paul’s words, Track 1, “America”:
“This song was first composed in the wake of the 2018 Thousand Oaks mass shooting in California. It is a reflection upon and condemnation of gun violence in America, and the cultish celebration of this violence in our news media and national mythos. It is especially critiquing mass shootings and unwarranted killings by the police. Sadly, its lyrics remain as relevant as when they were written.” – Paul
In Sylvan Paul’s words, Track 2, “War”:
“The track was born out of frustration with the posture Americans have taken towards each other in the last few years. It’s less about literal war and more about the need to always have an enemy. That said, it is also a commentary on the seemingly never-ending string of wars this country has been entangled in, and continues to be entangled in. America always seems to have an enemy – whether it’s fascists, communnists, terrorists, immigrants, or, lately, each other. There is always some dimension of conflict pervading our narratives of relation. Our culture is obsessed with confrontation, oftentimes violent.” – Paul
In Sylvan Paul’s words, Track 3, “Violence”:
“Violence is the conceptual book-end to the EP, attempting to lyrically channel America’s subconscious lust for violence. Whether it is depictions in media or literally physical violence, this track encapsulates the chaos and aggression embedded into American society, and seeks to hold a mirror up to this culture.” – Paul