Even if a group’s formula is simple and straightforward, they can add an infinite layer of complexity by just having fun. Sylvan Esso is probably one the most fun duos in music right now. I’ve been lucky to see them live multiple times, and each time I marvel at the duo’s chemistry—they way they meld, the smiles they share, the happiness in their hearts and their music is all genuine.
Selling out Union Transfer, they brought that joy to the masses on the final leg of their US headlining tour. The thunderous claps of “Play It Right” and the slow build of “Hey Mami” were all present in glorious 360 degrees of sound. Amelia with her trademark platform shoes, and Nick with his eternally energetic attitude towards the sound they have cultivated. It was utterly infectious and the crowd fed off every bit of it. The sensual bounce of “Coffee” and slow, drawn out howls of “Wolf” soared through the ceiling and up to the balcony. Not a sour note in the evening.