Sylvan Esso Electrifies With Electric Beats and Sultry Choreography At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Sylvan Esso @ Lustre Pearl | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Sylvan Esso: Day six of SXSW was filled with a few big names I was looking forward to seeing, including the electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso. It was formed in 2013 as the coming together of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn. I tried to attend one of their NYC shows early last year but wasn’t able to get in, so I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity. I first heard their breakout single, “Coffee,” in 2014 and was hooked by the beat. As they started to release more music I followed Sylvan Esso’s career and my fandom only increased as they became more and more well known and received radio play. Getting to see these Grammy nominated performers live was one of the standouts from my time at SXSW.
What I Thought Of Sylvan Esso Performance: Sylvan Esso’s performance turned out to be even better than I initially predicted. Despite coming on stage and claiming that she was suffering from a stomach bug earlier in the day, Meath stole the show with her powerful voice and incredible movements. The beats produced by Sanborn using his laptop and soundboard to create hits like “Coffee”, “Radio”, and “Die Young”, gave the audience everything it wanted that night. They were jumping and screaming with each note.
The most memorable part of the show in all honesty was how mesmerized I was by Meath’s motions. I literally couldn’t keep my eyes off of her and the way she danced. Music pulsated from the speakers and seemed to take over Meath’s body as she glided, almost floated, throughout the stage in rhythm. It was sexy, and smooth, yet fun and engaging when needed, prompting the crowd to jump when the beat dropped. I had a hell of a time witnessing such a fun and exciting performance. I was incredibly lucky to have finally seen Sylvan Esso live, and suggest anyone who’s down to have a good time, do the same. They are currently on tour and will be coming to a city near you some time this year.