Premiere: Syrup 'Ride Safe'


Brisbane duo Syrup pull you further through their colourful aesthetic with new driving number, Ride Safe. Syrup is the musical project of Harry Pratt and Henry Anderson. The project is also a production collaboration between the boys and Melbourne band, Slum Sociable.

The origins of Syrup go back to a single moment, mid last year. Harry subconsciously began Syrup after coming home from a gig, opening Logic Pro on a whim and dropping a melody into a session. Before this moment he had never written a song. After some reflection, Harry trialled using aesthetics as a writing technique. In solitude, Harry had begun to construct a mood board which would guide his demoing process. All the tracks created were zeroing in on a particular aesthetic change in the board. However, there was a bump in the road. He had no singer.

Illustration by Tahlia Kristjansson

In a search for feedback, Harry travelled with the tracks down to the Gold Coast to his childhood mate, Henry Anderson. Henry was a ridiculously good guitarist and was studying at the Conservatorium of Music on the Gold Coast. What surprised Harry was the fact that he had never heard Henry sing…Yet when he did, he was blown away. Harry hadn’t heard a voice like that before. Simple, succulent, Syrup. That session culminated in Harry’s first complete demo and forged Syrup as the boys’ recording project.

For Pratt and Anderson, Ride Safe as a single approaches new territory. Written late last year, it carries an ambiguous meaning that propels you further into the Syrup world. While writing Ride Safe, Pratt found a lot of rhythmic inspirations in the works of The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths and Japanese Whispers by The Cure. From a vocal perspective, Anderson doesn’t let the production stand in the way. He manages to create the atmosphere and the emotion on the track with a thick, unique baritone.

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The final element to Ride Safe was their connection to Slum Sociable. Pratt had the opportunity to fly to Melbourne to work with Edward Cregan Quinn on the track. The result is some classic Slum Sociable production, a heavy crushing beat, textured synths and a unique vocal performance.

“You were cool, but you were never worth it,” sings Anderson as the boys laugh. “It doesn’t mean what you think it does, necessarily...” Syrup remains lyrically and thematically ambiguous. The key is in the hands of the listener. Ride Safe is the second single off the boys forthcoming debut EP, The Sponge.

Gum Magazine