Sylvie’s rolling folk-rock runs a strict go-with-the-flow policy. Inviting close friends and inspiring musical colleagues to gather and record at his own garage in Silverlake CA, Ben channels his years of writing, arranging, recording, and playing with bands Golden Daze and Drugdealer into writing and recording expansive original arrangements without temptation of decorative reverb/delay or pedal effects. “I aspire to write timeless songs I could relate to 40 years from now,” he says. “Putting my own life experiences, friends and family into them, making Sylvie has been a spiritual pursuit.”
Announcing an early self-titled EP on Terrible Records - “A lot of the songs feel like they’re about other people’s lives, my experience with them, or a time and place in the past,” he said at the time – Sylvie features vocalists Marina Allen and Sam Burton, with Ben’s father John returning to the microphone once more to sing on ‘505’ and ‘Rosaline’. Alongside Connor Gallagher (Pedal Steel), Sam Kauffman Skloff (Drums) and JJ Kirkpatrick (Horns) Ben plays all other instruments himself but do not be surprised if, in future Sylvie expands. “I keep things loose, so I have freedom to explore. I’ll go song by song and do whatever it asks,” he says.