“Clean Eyes” reveals the versatility of SYML, with its brisk, commanding melody. SYML built its loyal fanbase on songs with thoughtful lyrics touching upon serious subject matter fit to somber melodies. Songs in the SYML discography are typically downtempo, even if the message is upbeat, as with the introspective relationship optimism of “Better.”
The intro of “Clean Eyes” hits the speakers running. Then, “tension” enters with the vocals. From the intro, the song transitions to energetic bass-driven support of lyrics aligned with the seriousness that characterizes SYML – “Picture yourself in a room full of broken glass/ Blood on the pieces, the pieces you can't put back.” SYML is the project of Brian Fennell. In talking about the meaning of “Clean Eyes,” he explained:
“I wrote 'Clean Eyes' as an outlet to express my least favorite thing about myself, that I’m a cynic. I think that is one of the most ugly traits a person can have. Somehow, I found someone who loves me through my cynicism, and shows me the world through her beautiful and honest lens.”
What about the melody? Brian Fennell said:
“I’ve been writing and producing a lot of material this year as I work towards an album. This is really the first song we approached with more of a 'band’ mentality. It was a fun challenge because of the contrast between the intimate lyrics and anthemic choruses.”
SYML is currently at the beginning of its Where Did We Go Tour. Among the scheduled stops is an October 19 visit to the dignified The Chapel in San Francisco. For ticket information, CLICK HERE. The full tour schedule is available at http://www.symlmusic.com/ or click on the picture at the top of this post to enlarge the content.