HYPE: a big firework of bright colors, ebullient young love, soaring through a sunrise sky, teetering on the verge of a new beginning. A new understanding. It's a door out into the garden. Neverending horizon.
CHILL: a comedown, travel without weariness. A level up, a bath, a nap. It’s a longing, it’s a healing, it’s a pausing, it's reflecting. A necessity in the cycle of life.
CHILL/HYPE, a warm hour of remixes and reimaginings from Syna So Pro, was born over nine First Fridays in 2019, when Syrhea Conaway channeled exhibitions and artist statements into gallery-filling sonic lifeforce at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. Originally it was filler, retreads of old stuff to pad out evening-length art party sets of original music. But the fans and artists loved how the sounds found an emotional essence, a purity of Syrhea's vision.
The songs are from her albums “Loop Talk Vol. 1&2" (self-released, 2014-15) and “VOX” (FPE, 2016). Syrhea poured them with her beautiful soul into the Syna system... then poured again... and poured and repoured, mixed and remixed. Triggered and layered vocal parts on a pad, then mixed in stardust. Simmered until it shimmered. It's dessert now, cream and light and a little fluffy. Now they're here for practically everyone to hear: go ahead, take that mental HOLIDAY!
released April 16, 2021
to WORRY isn't love Doll
KICK that habit MAN
take that mental HOLIDAY
listen to the RAIN and remember
the unFORGIVING laws of nature
create SPACE to FEEL (...you beautiful flower)
Come be Intimate with Me⊛
I Only Know This⊛
When Can I See You⊛
Lounge in Your Mirror⊛ ⊛
Begin - End Concurrencies (...bye!)
All songs written, arranged and performed by Syrhea Conaway
[ create SPACE to FEEL (...you beautiful flower) and I Only Know This is a derivative work from Chin Yi’s Chinese Folk Songs ]
All songs recorded, engineered and mixed by Syrhea Conaway
⊛ Influenced by Paul Mpagi Sepuya's deconstructed gaze exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, May 17th - Aug 18th, 2019.
Artwork by Von Muren
Mastered by Matthew Styles-Harris, Horizontal Studios, Barcelona, Spain
Thanks to all who have supported this project, from family, friends and fans. Special thanks to the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis’s Music Residency Program for providing an opportunity to challenge myself to compose and produce music from visual art.