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Syna So Pro / Press

"Syna So Pro’s first album, 2009’s Make Two People Happy, tried to capture that lightning in a bottle and succeeded. On Loop Talk Vol. 1, however, matching a propulsive live experience isn’t the goal. On this platter of delightful sounds, all of which require headphones to really “get,” you are instead provided access to that feeling of giddy creativity and endless possibility that fuels Conaway herself. ... Even with its endless layers, Loop Talk is a too-short experience, clocking in at under 32 minutes. By album’s end it makes one wish desperately for the speedy arrival of the second volume."

““You should really see Syrhea Conaway perform live sometime…Conaway is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an expert at looping and self-harmonization; a good chunk of her shows involves watching her build each song bit by bit until a little symphony manifests. Of course, listening to a studio-recorded album takes away that experience, but on her latest full-length, those circular looped patterns and layered vocals form the core of these nine songs.””

"The running gag of her set came in between songs as she talked, argued and joked with her vocal doppelganger. It was pre-recorded, of course, but it all felt very real. It was almost as if music took a back stage to stand up comedy as the crowd laughed and gawked at her creativity."

"Unique names aside, Conaway creates one-of-a-kind experimental pop music also worth remembering. During a typical solo set, expect to see her on stage wielding guitar, bass, violin, keyboard and her most powerful and practiced instrument of choice: her voice. Throughout the years leading up to the start of her solo project in bands including the Jovian Chorus and the shoegaze-heavy Stella Mora, she acquired all kinds of toys that would eventually make all these elements work in tandem."

" At the core of her artistic spirit, though, is the Syna So Pro project, in which she accompanies herself through the use of loops and prerecorded voice samples. While playing live, Conaway can trigger effects that allow her to build a set through the use of riffs, melodies, and beats created on the spot. And because there’s about a 45-second gap between songs, during which she switches or resets gear, she records an internal monologue prior to the show, which she responds to as the night progresses."

"A St. Louis-based one-woman band with an Afro the size of a beach ball, Syna So Pro played a funkier, more upbeat set. The audience, which had been sitting in chairs or Indian-style on the floor, stood up at the beginning of her first song."

"Maybe they were drawn in by the looping melodies of Syna So Pro, who performed just before the screening. Her set was reminiscent of a cross between Enya and Reggie Watts. It was a dreamlike experience that perhaps could be described as “weird,” but in a good way."

“Though technically a one-person band, Conaway's methods of looping and echoing make her feel more like a ten-person show. Her primary weapon is her voice, and she puts her greatest instrument through a series of modifications that layer the lyrics and make her songs feel robust. Stringed instruments and numerous electronic devices allow Conaway's songs to build and peak, resulting in a wide, lush performance. The lack of any other distracting musicians on the stage gives this sound artist full command of the audience's attention. Syna So Pro is experimental, but not so experimental that it is hard to follow. Her songs are structurally interesting and, well, just plain pretty, and her live shows are always passionate and captivating.”

"Syna So Pro has been bending St. Louis' collective mind for a while now, taking the concept of the solo act to new heights. Syrhea Conaway - the brainchild behind Syna So Pro - uses an array of foot pedals, instruments and looping technology to create a hypnotic stream of very rad experimental music."

"If Syrhea Conaway's work as Syna So Pro were a purely technical exercise in the creation of pop songs by looping and layering instruments and vocal parts, it would be astounding. Thankfully, the resulting songs can stand alone regardless of how they were put together, and Conaway's octave-spanning voice and multi-instrumental know-how combine to create bright, kinetic pop songs. Her creative spirit is restless, even when she's not working on her own tracks: Conaway recently began making "a cappella mashups" of local bands' songs, and for the first installment she sang snippets of Sleepy Kitty tunes and looped them into a stand-alone performance. Bands should be knocking down her door and begging her to pay them the same tribute."

"We watched helplessly, and in awe, as Syna So Pro dragged her own PA down the sidewalk through the storm. “I don’t wanna blow Foam’s system!” she laughed, and then proceeded to deliver a transfixing set that quieted the bustling, rain-jittery room. By her last song, Syna, aka Syrhea Conway, was huddled near the back of the stage, tearing apart her guitar (almost literally) and created a sound so big that only her own startling voice could rival it."

"St. Louis local Syna So Pro, a.k.a. Syrhea Conaway, is a self proclaimed “one woman musical enigma.” She lives up to the title by making experimental symphonic pop by looping vocals, synths, guitar, bass, violin, and beats into a soaring, ethereal landscape. Her newest album Make Two People Happy works best when played VERY LOUD and in it’s entirety, but here are a few highlights for radio play. Check out a bouncy little number, “Santhem“, and a nice rocker with swirling vocal, “If You Really Want It”. Finally, “All The Time” is a bit of a firework show to cap off the album with all her best tricks. "

"Syna So Pro loops and layers synths, guitar, bass, violin and vocals into something otherworldly and dreamlike on her debut album Make Two People Happy. Hear her perform live on the Space Parlour as part of the Live in St. Louis Series." ... "As a member of the now-defunct Saint Louis psych-shoegaze outfit Stella Mora, Syrhea Conaway honed her craft of creating atmospheric soundscapes and art-pop. Listen in as this self-proclaimed "one woman enigma" weaves melodic harmonies with layers of sound that pull listeners through the whims of her imagination."

""make two people happy" is very much an album, meant to be experienced in sequence: These twelve songs are stitched together not with overt messages or recurring themes but with subtle, borderless dynamics, which give the disc a dreamlike quality." ..."The ebb and flow of the disc reaches its apex with the hypnotic "All the Time," which collects the best parts of happy into six minutes. Tension and release, harmony and discord, clarity and murkiness — all of these things are tied together with an urgency that bears multiple listens."