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Charlotte Hatherley (Ash, Bat For Lashes) Returns With New Project: Sylver Tongue

Sylver Tongue was born from the Kandinsky addled mind of a Purple Rain obsessed girl. Inspired by 70s sci-fi movies, psychedelic pop and the prowling grooves of Grace Jones and her warm leatherette, Sylver’s songs were hammered out on an old battered Juno and a shiny metal computer from the comfort of her underground cave.

Sylver Tongue – the new project from Charlotte Hatherley was unveiled earlier this year in the form of the free download, ‘Hook You Up’. Seductive synths collide with Charlotte’s compelling vocals to create a delicious and irresistible slice of pop. Her debut single ‘Creatures’ was released on May 21st, and it carries on where ‘Hook You Up’ left off.

Both songs demonstrate a new direction for Hatherley; whereas previously she has written songs on a guitar, under her Sylver Tongue guise, she composes on keys. The resulting tracks stand out from her previous solo material and define a new chapter in her career.

Currently working with the award winning remixer and producer James Rutledge (Fever Ray, Everything Everything), Sylver Tongue is committed to making timeless songs, with a majesty and versatility that’s hard to find but impossible to resist.

An album to be released early 2013.

“Lusciously wounded vocals headline this purple-toned track, allowing it to possess a naked, sweeping force not unlike the great power ballads of decades past” RCRD LBL

“Backed by a band, offering up space-age synths and subtle glam stomps with the polish of a project far past its current infancy, Hatherley makes for a commanding lynchpin, stalking the stage with a thrillingly standoffish strut. From the meaty throb of ‘Creatures’ to the subtler, sultrier shimmers of ‘Hook You Up’ the set spills over with cold, futuristic washes of noise and stealthy fretwork.” NME

“Formerly of Ash and her own sparkling guitar-pop efforts, Hatherley picks up the synths for her new project, which is equally inspired by early new wave and sci-fi heroines. (Its name is a hybridized homage to the Philip Pullman heroine Lyra Silvertongue and Japan frontman David Sylvian.) Her whoops and hiccups on this all-momentum track reveal that her superpower might very well be her ability to mimic her instruments with her voice.” Village Voice

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