|A Touch of Paris
Christina Morelli - October 10, 2011
Whimsical and playful, with a touch
of angst and a heavy dose of emotion, Sydney Wayser’s music sings like
lullabies throughout the contemporary folk scene of New York
City.  The young singer-songwriter’s sweet, engaging voice can
be likened to Feist or Regina Spektor’s, filling up songs that seem
reminiscent of a sunny day in Paris.  Her second full-length
album, The Colorful, is a lush mix of melodies and chords that
intricately tell stories of her youth and experience.  Sydney
will be performing at several CMJ showcases at NYC venues this year,
including Fat Baby, The Knitting Factory, Otto’s and Bar
Matchless.  Make sure to check the CMJ schedule for details.
In what ways would you say your French heritage has played a
role in your songwriting and music development?
First off I was exposed to many French artists while growing up (one of
my favorites being Serge Gainsbourg) and feel that their influence
shows up in my writing whether or not I am aware of it. I was also
exposed to the art scene in France at a very young age and now I find
inspiration in many departed Parisian-based writers and painters, one
of my favorites being Modigliani. I feel at home in Paris and am very
lucky to have grown up with access to a place that is so magical.
If you could master another instrument besides piano, what
would it be?
Easy, it would be the cello. I dabbled in it for a while but never
fully committed. It is next on my list for sure.
How do European audiences differ from American audiences?
European audiences (especially French ones) are very quiet and
respectful. They also always want at least 2 encores!!
What songwriter, passed or still living, would you live to
have a writing session with?
Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright. Ah so many,
I can't just listone...
"Oh the Places You'll Go" on The Colorful album... any
relation to the Dr. Seuss story?
I wrote it about life, reincarnationand the journey it takes us on.
When it was time to come up with a title I glanced down at my
collection of Dr. Seuss and opened up to "oh the places you go" and it
instantly felt right. It is my ode to the great writer I guess,
although it didn't initially start out that way, it just fell into
" I wrote [the album] about life, reincarnation andthe journey it takes uson.  When it was time to come up with a title I glanced downat mycollection of Dr. Seuss and opened up to "oh the places you go" andit instantly felt right. "
listen to "
Think fictional tropical land combined with space exploration.