It’s a rare treat to hear a song that not only is just as moving when played live, but actually exceeds the recorded version. With ‘Where Is My Love?’, artist SYML delivers two incredible versions of the same song. And, if you learn a bit about the artist, it is clear why this song rings so true— searching and wandering are key themes in his work. “From his basement recording studio in the small town of Issaquah, WA outside Seattle, Brian Fennell wrote and recorded a collection of songs under the name Syml, which means simple in Welsh” his website explains. “Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots, many of these songs were influenced by the complex feelings that come from unknown lineage.”

The lyrics of the song show this need to search and find.

Cold bones, yeah that’s my love

She hides away, like a ghost

Does she know that we bleed the same?

Don’t wanna cry but I break that way

Cold sheets, oh where’s my love?

I am searching high, I’m searching low in the night

Does she know that we bleed the same?

Don’t wanna cry but I break that way

It’s a powerful song and the music video channels that raw emotion into every inch of the production:

It’s a beautiful piece. But, like I said, he manages to deliver all of this power— and even more— when he plays it live. When he preformed this song live at the Record Parlour, it had a chance to really shine. Not just the lyrics, but the simple, emotive instrumentals were also given a proper showcasing. And his voice is everything that you could want from a live performance. You can check out the whole video here:

SYML may be searching for something, but he’s certainly found his voice. A poetic songwriter and a gifted performer, keep an out for what he delivers next.