Nad Sylvan´s 2nd album feat. Steve Hackett,Tony Levin, Jonas Reingold, Nick D Virgillio, Guthrie Govan, Tania Doko. Doane Perry etc etc.
In 2015, Nad Sylan impressed everyone with his fine conceptual solo album 'Courting The Widow'. A vampiric tale wrapped in a 17th century atmosphere, this definitively marked out the talented Swede as a surging star in the progressive rock world.
Now, Sylvan is back with 'The Bride Said No', an album that continues the fascinating plot, albeit with a far more extravagant musical palette.
“I didn't originally have the idea of going on with this story on the new album. But what happened was that I revisited a song called 'The Bride Said No', which I began to write in 1989. I kept a few of the early ideas I had for the verses and also that title, but the rest of the song is brand new. However, the title itself got me thinking that it made sense if this were used in relation to the vampirate character from 'Courting The Widow'. And the whole thing developed from there.”
On the creative side, what the new album does is to expand Sylvan's horizons, as he explains.
“Musically, the previous record was very much located in the 1970s, and you can still hear a little of that here. But this one is a lot more modern sounding and diverse. In fact, I would say it's closer to musical theatre than anything else.”
Sylvan plays the keyboards and much of the guitar on the album. He recorded in his home studio from September 2016 to January this year, having spent the previous few months collating the material. But the album does have some special guests appearing throughout. Sylvan is especially proud of collaborating with female vocalists Jade Ell, Tania Doko and Sheona Urquhart. You can hear how this works on both the title track and also 'What Have You Done'.