Touring their barely one month old, sophomore album, Sylvan Esso played not one, but two sold out nights at New York’s newest venue, Brooklyn Steel.
From the moment the first bass note swept across the audience, the electro folk-pop duo had them enraptured. By the time they hit the first chorus, the packed crowd had erupted into a dance party of pandemonium – no doubt spurred on by the energy of singer, Amelia Meath. Multicoloured lights danced across the walls of the converted industrial space like a stained glass window.
Made famous by their hits ‘Coffee’ and ‘Hey Miami’, Meath and producer Nick Sanborn played mostly songs off their latest album What Now while including crowd favourites such as the aforementioned singles and ‘Play It Right’ from their self-titled release in 2014.
The North Carolina pair seamlessly blend organic folk with danceable, electric beats. Between songs you could overhear countless conversations of fans excited to hear their favourite song and hoping for an encore, no doubt wanting the night to go on as long as possible.
Words by Sarah Midkiff