Sylvette – Stiller Than Still (The Mantis Opera Remix)

The pioneers of modern art-rock Sylvette release an alternative mix on their track ‘Stiller Than Still’, remixed by Mantis Opera.

Electronic harmonies introduce the track followed by scattered percussive hits and a warm guitar riff to steady the verse. The vocals hide behind condensed effects, weaving within the boundaries of the instrumentation whilst still holding themselves strongly enough to be distinguished above the music.

There isn’t a strict structure within the track, but the interchanging sections are differentiated by changes in its spacey tones and thickened textures that move the cosmic track perfectly in four-dimensional directions. The flow of the music manifests itself incredibly well, creeping up on itself to contribute another pillar of robust melody.

Electronically decorated harmonies reappear proceeding the climax of the track, which sees a volcanic serge of power. The more delicate aspects of the music retreat to make way for animated ‘80s styled synths and an intricate electric rhythm section. Though the music becomes busier and more complex, the layers of its final destination doesn’t feel like it’s at any point excessive or acts as anything more than it needs to be. With the use of gated reverb on selected snare hits, the song nods its head to eighties pop tunes whilst simultaneously flashing an influence of modern electronica and Sylvette’s profound and signature art-pop style.

The Mantis Opera Remix of ‘Stiller Than Still’ is an alluring blend of ripened stylistic choices, ranging from the days of retro synth-pop to the experimental nature of modern psychedelia. After a year that’s fallen flat for all of us, Sylvette look to set out on tour next summer. Here’s to looking forward to live music again!

9TH April, Bootleg Social, Blackpool
1st May, Christ Church, Macclesfield
9th May, Oporto, Leeds
14th May, Deaf Institute, Manchester
21st May, Ferret, Preston
22nd May, The Grace, London