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Tarot-reader Syd Silvair spins magic into her escapist empowerment anthem “The Moth”

15 April 2020, 14:53 | Written by Matthew Kent

Drawing inspiration from her deck, singer/songwriter Syd Silvair soars into the moonlight with the second track to be taken from her forthcoming debut EP.

Marrying dark, occultist themes with breathy ‘70s-inspired artful pop, Silvair’s divination powers come into play in both her day job, as a gifted tarot-reader, and her spellbinding songwriting, which may-or-may-not be done by the cover of night.

While you don’t need to be a lepidopterist to understand the metaphors at play in “The Moth”, Silvair reminds us of the lesson to be learned from the insect’s own fatal attraction. “When a person gives off a certain brightness,” she tells me, “those with darker tendencies often mistake that for an invitation to swoop in and feed on the light. This song explores the breaking point of that dynamic, where the one bearing the light refuses to be fed on any longer."

Another relationship has also made its mark on Silvair's journey to this song, her own with The Magician card. Like all of the tracks which make up her upcoming EP Reverie, “The Moth” is linked intrinsically to one figure from Silvair’s deck. Another relationship has also made its mark on Silvair's journey to this song, her own with The Magician card. Like all of the tracks which make up her upcoming EP Reverie, “The Moth” is linked intrinsically to one figure from Silvair’s deck. "I wrote 'The Moth' as both a warning for anyone who believes a woman exists solely to mend their pain, and more importantly as an anthem of empowerment—a reminder that for every bit of our tenderness, there is an equally potent fierceness” she explains.

“The Moth” follows “Obsidian”, Silvair's debut single inspired by The Moon card, and is the second installment of her sonic journey through the key players of the major arcana. With her latest effort, Silvair poses as an intriguing enigma ready to create captivating conceptual pop for a new generation.

“The Moth” is out now, the Reverie EP is coming soon.
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