TYSON: Crafting Ethereal R&B and Embracing Authenticity Thoughts+Photos: Tyson For British Music Embassy During SXSW 2/17/23
AUSTIN, TX- After catching TYSON’s set for the British Music Embassy, I decided to google her to see what her background was. Low and behold, I would read that Tyson Mcvey has music in her genes: her mother is the iconic singer Neneh Cherry and her dad is Cameron McVey (who produced some serious albums, some of which I had in my CD rack (Neneh Cherry’s “Homebrew”, Massive Attack’s “Blue Lines” and Sugarbabes “One Touch”). The music runs in Tyson’s blood… and I could tell.
Known simply as TYSON, she has captivated listeners with her enchanting music, transporting them to what I imagine are the vibrant streets of London on a summer night. Her 2020 mixtape, “Moonlight Mixtape” is stripped-back, both acoustically and lyrically, giving the listener a real look into who she is as a human, and her sophomore EP, “Pisces Problems,” explores the relationship between isolation and mental health through the lens of the metaphor. Drawing from her personal experiences with anxiety and mental health issues, TYSON weaves light-hearted and satirical symbolism of the zodiac with deeper themes of openness and honesty. She believes that expressing one’s feelings is essential to finding release from mental struggles, and she hopes listeners can connect with the stories and emotions conveyed in her music.
Though her music, I really got the sense that TYSON is a lover to the core… I mean, “Tuesday” just oozes love… which is accentuated by her R&B inflections, with fantastical elements. Seriously… That song was my jam. Her set was early in the day, and it was just her and her drum machine on stage, but I was vibing with her.