Ayla Sylver understands the complicated relationship between pop music and self-awareness. All too often a musician will substitute overwhelming noise for some sense of introspection, but Sylver realizes that there must be a balance between all the sounds and the song’s intent. Her work has evolved a great deal recently, with her prior musical tendencies giving way to more emphatic pop landscapes. It’s been a dramatic arc, and one that demands your undivided attention.
On recent single, “Sleepwalker,” Sylver flexes a potent pop-EDM muscle, but it’s laced with a euphoric dancefloor theatricality that holds a considerable emotional resonance – it’s a sound that doesn’t simply bear the appearance of depth but effortlessly explores the expanse of her own creativities. Her voice is fierce yet ethereal and possesses a gravity around which all these compounding sounds orbit. It’s a remarkable offering from an artist finding a true expression of her abilities and sharing it with anyone within earshot.
“The lifestyle that comes with being a musician isn’t for the faint of heart,” Sylver explain. “I have a lot of fun, and I have a lot of great friends, but there’s only so many nights spent “after-partying” that ends in watching the sunrise that can be fun before you start to feel empty. I felt very... stretched thin. Many hours awake, not a lot of sleep. And as you can imagine, the extremely good emotions that come with being surround by people constantly can also bring extreme loneliness when the shows and parties are over.”
She continues: “This song was just the beginning of me understanding the importance of getting to know yourself in the silence before you step on stage. You are much stronger and well equipped to handle the highs and lows of the scene when you’ve done the groundwork for a healthy mental state. I am so thankful for the self-reflection that inspired ‘Sleepwalker.’”