Sylis Ander


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Debut artist and multi-instrumentalist, Sylis Ander, has a complicated relationship with sound. The Portland-based self-taught musician was born with sensorineural hearing loss, which culminated in him losing half his hearing by his late twenties. In addition to this, he struggles with chronic tinnitus, which means that his hearing loss is also oppressively loud. The struggle to take part in conversations without having to read lips or pretend to hear became so arduous that he began to avoid conversations and the accompanying social discomfort as everything became quieter and his tinnitus became louder. The demands of taking part in the world around him were becoming unbearable, and Ander began to feel increasingly disconnected as his mental isolation worsened. 
 New single “G.o.d.” captures the moment when all that began to change for Ander as he was fitted with hearing aids for the very first time and two worlds collided – one in which he realized the extent of his hearing loss and another where he was hearing the world with life-changing clarity. He was contending with his encroaching deafness while hearing the world more “normally” for the very first time. “G.o.d” captures, in sweeping brevity, the idea that we can cultivate growth and awareness from our suffering, visited through the microcosm of his renewed hearing, the reinvigorating connection to the world, and the emotional peacefulness found in reclaiming sound. His debut album, "Dear Paige" arrives October 9, 2020.