Since the release of his breakthrough self-titled debut LP in 2019, singer, songwriter and producer Brian Fennell aka SYML has been regarded as one of the more breathtaking names on the rise in recent years. With his initial offering showcasing his warm and open approach to songwriting, cemented with passionate and awe-inspiring production throughout, he quickly maintained a reputation for songs that truly touched your soul. Now after a few years of EP and single releases, he returns with one of his most captivating efforts to date, his sophomore studio album 'The Day My Father Died', a record that builds on those emotional textures.
While his first full-length was a largely solo affair that saw Fennell adopt the mantle as a lone wolf throughout, 'The Day My Father Died' sees him invite a menagerie of guest vocalists along for the ride including Elbow's Guy Garvey, Charlotte Lawrence, Lucius and many more. Yet despite its more collaborative appeal, his new collection still sees him firmly front and centre of this deeply personal return. While its heartbreaking title certainly gives an idea as to the inspiration behind it, much of this new album aims to hone a direction of hope and brevity as he reflects on his origins and projects a confident and renewed artist at the helm.
Throughout 'The Day My Father Died', Fennell seems to take a broader approach to his production and instrumentation, giving this release a far more adventurous and kinetic aesthetic than most. It is certainly a bold step forward for his overall sound since his self-titled debut, yet still manages to harness plenty of raw and tender moments from start to finish.