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Sylvie Simmons
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Sylvie Simmons

from Los Angeles, CA

One of rock’s legendary journalists, Sylvie Simmons covered the early days of punk rock and L.A. glam metal for numerous notable British magazines, including Sounds, Kerrang!, and Creem. Having written so extensively about pop music for so long, it was a during the tour for her 2012 biography of Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man, that pushed her to overcome a fear of the stage by singing Cohen’s songs during the book tour.

That Cohen influence is felt in the gentle, yet raw and evocative feel of Simmons’ first two releases, 2014’s Sylvie, and 2020’s Blue On Blue, both produced by Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb. Simmons straddles a fine line of aural sweetness and acidic prose, holding nothing back lyrically in songs that paint pictures of tough times and heartaches, while her swaying melodies evoke the innocence, joy, and docile hope of childhood. She’s abandoned her piano and guitar to focus on the ukulele, which she describes as “a tiny instrument that has a sad, fractured sweetness, like a broken harp. And a modesty. It doesn’t try to impress you” to create songs Devendra Banhart called ‘fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful.

Biography by Mike Dunn

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