[New Release] Sylvie Simmons
“Blue on Blue”
Label: Compass Records
Respected music journalist Sylvie Simmons’ second album, “Blue On Blue,” is an intimate collection of sweet songs about romance, regret, experience and hope.
With gentle plucks and strums, Simmons — whose biography of Leonard Cohen is an industry standard — sometimes makes her ukulele sound like a diminutive harp, a cozy combination with her gentle, serene voice.
The recording process began in 2017, but an unspecified accident after the initial session left Simmons with broken bones, nerve damage and a severely impaired left hand.
No longer able to play some of the songs she wrote for the album, Simmons had to compose new ones.
Howe Gelb’s production adds details — like supportive guitars, affable basses and chiming bells — that enhance but never overwhelm the singer or the songs, keeping their weary innocence intact.
Her 2014 debut, “Sylvie,” was very well-received not just by her fellow critics but also by her now-fellow musicians. AP