Sylvan Esso Blend Color and Sound with Special Guest Helado Negro at Express Live!

Sylvan Esso’s live performance at Express Live! on Tuesday (9/19) brought vibrant color to the duo’s indie pop discographies.

Sylvan Esso’s ‘What Now’

The show opened with Helado Negro (AKA Roberto Carlos Lange), a Brooklyn-based solo artist, leading two people onstage in glittery, puffy bodysuits. During the show, he referred to them as his “furry friends.”

They danced on either side of him throughout the performance as Lange sang in a mix of Spanish and English. In between songs, he described his time growing up in Miami and dived deeper into the culture in his songs “Young, Latin and Proud” and “It’s My Brown Skin”.

His show introduced the audience to a unique experience by mixing his tranquil sound with sound-responsive lights and his furry dancers.

Helado Negro & his “furry friends” / PC: Asthmatic Kitty Records

I’ve been a Sylvan Esso listener since their self-titled album came out in 2014, but I have never had the opportunity to see them live. Now that I have seen them in concert, I am already looking forward to seeing them again in the future.

While their stage setup looked average before they came out, everything changed as soon as the eccentric duo started to play.

The light show was colorful and specifically tailored to match the beat and feel of each song. During several songs, the light rays hovered over the audience and excited audience members put their hands up to catch the glow.

Amelia Meath, on vocals, entranced the crowd with impressive dance moves throughout the show, causing many to cheer specifically for her dancing. Meath sang her heart out even though she was slightly sick; she drank a tea filled with ginger and other healing herbs during the show to make sure her voice was strong.

Sylvan Esso live in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater / PC: YouTube

While Meath got the crowd hyped by dancing and singing, Nick Sanborn, on keys, filled the set with synth and beats to back up the songs. I was surprised and thrilled that Sylvan Esso played an equal number of songs from their two albums.

They kicked the night off with an energizing performance of “Could I Be”, which happens to be my personal favorite. The crowd danced and sang along to each song, and the atmosphere was happy and calm. The last song the duo played before their encore was “Radio”, a crowd favorite. This song got everyone jumping and cheering even after they left the stage. When they came back, they ended the set with “Play It Right”, a perfectly energetic song to end the concert on.

This concert was a fantastic way to spend my Tuesday night. Syvlan Esso put on a great show and the crowd was vibing to every song. If you couldn’t come to the show this time, make sure to see them next time they tour; Sylvan Esso is not a band to miss!

Featured Image: Sylvan Esso in Atlanta, GA / PC: YouTube

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