Syryn Records Vol. 1 cover. | Credit: Courtesy

Syryn Records, a Santa Barbara-based youth-run music label focused on representing female and gender expansive artists from ages 15-22, just released its very first compilation album. It features 11 songs from 11 incredibly talented young artists across a variety of genres, with tracks ranging from deep, philosophical spoken word, to soulful pop, and energetic, punky-rock. No matter your tastes, there really is something on this album for everyone. 

The compilation begins with Salome Agbaroji’s powerful spoken word piece, “Make a Million,” which sets a profound, empowering tone for the whole album with grippingly poignant lines like, “Yet we rise, and rise again each dusk to share our light in the sun’s shadow. We are teachers, we are students, we are CEOs, we are leaders. We are women and we are shining. Do you see us?”

The empowering energy continues with Geia’s satisfyingly punchy, guitar-heavy rock song, “All Girls to the Front,” which makes reference to the girl-centered manifesto of the 90’s Riot Grrrl movement, then levels out for a.kai’s upbeat, lovey pop track, “city lights.” Bugs R Beautiful takes the mic next, delivering clear vocals and exciting guitar riffs in grunge-rock “Botfly Larvae,” followed by Zadie Jean’s slow, emotional pop ballad, “october.” The next track, GeminiMusic’s R&B-heavy “Let Me Go,” brings dreamy, hypnotic beats with rich vocals, then fades into Victorie’s fast-paced, emotional alternative-pop song, “Lovesick.” 

Gertrude comes next with the low-toned hip-hop sounds and skilled rap interlude in “guilty,” followed by Raiesa’s forlorn, melodic “Why Should I?” and Reiyn’s melancholic sad-girl pop song, “Someday.” The compilation concludes with gruel’s summer-y electronic track, “ephemeral sun,” featuring nostalgic video game-like sounds. 

Hearing music made by such talented young artists is truly a moving feeling — the inescapable, nostalgic relatability of teenage and young adult feelings, mixed with the exciting potential of seeing a young artist with their whole career ahead of them, makes for a group of musicians who you can’t help but root for. 

Syryn Records is a youth program put on by Amplify Arts Project (previously Girls Rock Santa Barbara). Syryn Records Vol. 1 is available to stream via Spotify playlist, or can be purchased on NFT or vinyl at

Syryn Records Vol. 1 back. | Credit: Courtesy

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