The new track arrives as the band confirm a release date for their third album: ‘Single Thread’ – which will arrive on 25th November 2022.
A sprawling rendition that sees Sylvette pay homage to the Nine Inch Nails original just as easily as they do douse the track with their own allure, the band initially released an early version of “Right Where It Belongs” on YouTube back in 2020. Having amassed almost 20,000 views since, the cover gained traction with Nine Inch Nails fans who flooded the video’s comment section “proclaiming they connected to it just as much if not more than the original.”
Quietly contemplative cover that’s laced with a heart-rending sense of feeling, vocalist Charlie Sinclair explains how it finds its place on their upcoming album:
“”Right Where It Belongs” is the first cover we’ve ever played together that really felt like we made it our own. The song is about questioning your reality and how going through change and trauma can distort the way you perceive yourself. It really felt appropriate for the theme of our upcoming album ‘Single Thread’, so we made it the closing track on the record.”
Staking their place as one of the most prolific and intriguing bands on the Manchester underground scene, ‘Single Thread’ will emerge on 18 November and promises to show a completely new side to the group.
Born out of Charlie’s personal struggles whilst caring for his disabled and terminally ill father, and the subsequent loss he experienced during lockdown, the album sees Sylvette shed their fantastical and dramatic sound to make way for a deeply personal, more honest and intimate kind of songwriting.
Capturing the sound of a band becoming more emotionally in-sync than ever before, the album was recorded in guitarist Jack March’s rented shipping container-turned-studio. Working on the project only between the hours of midnight and 3am, to avoid noise spill disturbing neighbours in the unit, ‘Single Thread’ is the band’s first completely self-made record, with Jack on mixing and producing duties.
With shades of John Martyn or Nick Drake appearing in some of the album’s instrumental moments, Charlie’s haunting falsetto will evoke the spectre of Jeff Buckley. Tracks like “Borrowed Time” and “Marble Stone” have a bitter-sweetness comparable to the likes of Cocteau Twins, whereas tracks like ‘Safety in Solitude’ are gently reminiscent of the darker, stripped-down side of Nine Inch Nails.
Since forming six years ago, Manchester five-piece Sylvette have built a cult fan base around the country with their dynamic blend of emotive art-rock and Kafkaesque lyrics. Describing themselves as “Björk meets Black Midi, Nine Inch Nails and Black Country New Road”, the band’s name is inspired by the enchanting muse who appears in many of Picasso’s famous paintings.
Blending ritualistic prog riffs, glamorous club beats and the juxtaposition of contemporary classical music mixed with poetic bathos, Sylvette have gained attention from a range of tastemaker names with their stellar run of releases to date. With regular support from BBC 6 Music who dubbed their sound “dramatic, sophisticated and stylish”, the five-piece have also gained airplay on BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, with BBC Introducing Manchester’s Shell Zenner praising their track ‘Blanket of Dust’ as “totally breathtaking”. Additionally Clash Magazine lauded their track ‘Memories (Falling)’ as “a real earworm” applauding the band’s ability to “match their aesthetics against a knack for a tidy melody.”
In April, the band played a sold out UK tour around the country’s churches, accompanied by a string quartet featuring players from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. With a range of support slots also under their belts, Sylvette have also graced the stages of larger venues including Manchester’s O2 Ritz and Electric Ballroom in London.
Back out on the road in 2022 with a fresh new release, Sylvette will perform the music of ‘Single Thread’ at two more live shows this Autumn in Manchester and London respectively. A special listening party will also be held in Manchester the night before their release, with details to be confirmed in due course.
SYLVETTE LIVE DATES 2022
27 September – Manchester, Carlton Club
24 November – Manchester – Album Listening Event, Details TBC
15 December – London, Off The Cuff
‘SINGLE THREAD’ TRACK LIST
1 – Blanket of Dust
2 – Marble Stone
3 – Single Thread
4 – Dream Diary 1
5 – Safety in Solitude
6 – Borrowed Time
7 – Dream Diary 2
8 – Right Where It Belongs (Nine Inch Nails Cover)