Do you know how difficult it is attempting to take pictures of American Electro-pop act Sylvan Esso
at a venue like Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC
? I sure as hell do.
And let me tell you, it's not because the tiny tower of strobe lights that pulse behind her get in the way of a high resolution shot — which they do by the way. No, the real reason it's so difficult to film her is simply because no one wants to reduce their vision to a tiny view finder when she's on stage — Her performance is too riveting and the beat is too contagious to not constantly be jumping.
And just as I realized this and began to put my equipment away, settling in between two wildly drunken fans, I had a chance to really witness what all the hype surrounding her is all about.
Lets take a couple steps back:
Just before the show started, I was slurping the nine-dollar beer foam off of my arm and pushing my way to the front row. There I saw Amelia Meath's, better known as the vocalist for Sylvan Esso, shadowy figure standing in the center of the stage, where the outstretched hands of her eager fans were just out of reach of her ankles. She was twirling her wrists and greeting us with a beaming smile. Clicking her platform heels together in anxiousness and rocking back and forth to the loud chatter of the crowd.
Then, like the modest goddess that she is, she began to play one of her most recognizable tunes "Hey Mami" needless to say, fucking chaos ensued. The whole crowd erupted in excitement while the lights surrounding her flashed crimson red. And as she danced inside the narrow spotlight, lovers swayed together and loners smoked their joints, dancing with their knees.
The rest of the show continued with the same intensity — which in reality says a lot, considering the only visual stimulation the audience had was DJ Nick Sanborn and Amelia throwing themselves across the stage.
But like all of the best acts, Sylvan Esso's performance replenished the minimal amount of doubt that we had regarding whether or not a DJ and a vocalist could pull off something worthy of a sold out show. Well just to keep this post short, I'll tell you one thing: if you weren't there — you surely missed out.
Check out the few photos I was able to take before succumbing to her performance below: