Sylvan Esso are joined by Middle Kids for their third Brooklyn show of the summer

Slyvan Esso played their third Brooklyn show of the summer this week, filling the Prospect Park Bandshell for a Celebrate Brooklyn benefit show. The packed venue felt even fuller than usual as young fans swayed, bounced and grooved to the Durham, North Carolina duo’s synthy rhythms.

Openers Middle Kids were visiting from Australia, and spoke of their time in Brooklyn feeling like a movie, about an Australian band being flown to New York to play a dream gig. They held their own on the big stage, and will be back in New York at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in September.

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

After Middle Kids, singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn took the stage that was decked out with geometric lights that felt like a chiller, miniature version of Skrillex’s spaceship. “Signal,” the fourth song of the night got a big reaction as did “Coffee,” which came shortly after and opened with a drony extended intro. A few songs near the middle of the set, which Sanborn warned would be “slowing down a bit” dragged on, but the evening ended with a bang that included “Hey Mami” and “Radio.”

Sylvan Esso straddle the line between electronic dance music and relaxed, sometimes off-kilter, chillwave. Their strength is probably the more upbeat melodies, but the Brooklyn fans loved both. In fact, perhaps what the band does best live is map out a well-paced set that truly rises and falls, spacing out songs fan-favorites throughout the night. It was a show in support of the band’s new music from What Now, but a celebration of older tracks as well. Their songs do the same, often opening slow and relaxed before breaking out into trippy beats with elevated vocals. They get up and get down, you could say.

What Now, the band’s second full-length album and first since 2014, was released on April 28. It’s led by the single “Die Young,” a gloomy, building track that is accompanied by an excellent, retro music video.

Sylvan Esso continues touring through the summer. Dates are below.

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Upcoming Tour Dates:
August
07 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue %
08 – Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium %
10 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre %
11 – Bellvue, Colo. @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre %
12 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot %
15 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore %
16 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom %
17 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom %
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune $
19 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune $
22 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater %
25 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern %
26 – San Diego, Calif @ The Observatory North Park %
27 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Outdoors %
29 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater %
30 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater %
31 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall

September
01 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theater %
15 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Jefferson #
16 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Stage AE #
17 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Crofoot Ballroom #
19 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! #
20 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues #
21 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s #
22 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium #
23 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
25 – Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note #
26 – Kansas City, Mo. @ CrossroadsKC #
28 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom #
29 – Asheville, N.C. @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena #
30 – Pittsboro, N.C. @ Shakori Hills &

(* = w/ Lucy Dacus)
(+ = w/ Aero Flynn)
(~ = w/ Field Report)
(% = w/ Flock of Dimes)
($ = w/ Dana Buoy)
(# = w/ Helado Negro)
(& = w/ Tune-Yards, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Well$)

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Sylvan Esso are joined by Middle Kids for their third Brooklyn show of the summer

Slyvan Esso played their third Brooklyn show of the summer this week, filling the Prospect Park Bandshell for a Celebrate Brooklyn benefit show. The packed venue felt even fuller than usual as young fans swayed, bounced and grooved to the Durham, North Carolina duo’s synthy rhythms.

Openers Middle Kids were visiting from Australia, and spoke of their time in Brooklyn feeling like a movie, about an Australian band being flown to New York to play a dream gig. They held their own on the big stage, and will be back in New York at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in September.

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

After Middle Kids, singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn took the stage that was decked out with geometric lights that felt like a chiller, miniature version of Skrillex’s spaceship. “Signal,” the fourth song of the night got a big reaction as did “Coffee,” which came shortly after and opened with a drony extended intro. A few songs near the middle of the set, which Sanborn warned would be “slowing down a bit” dragged on, but the evening ended with a bang that included “Hey Mami” and “Radio.”

Sylvan Esso straddle the line between electronic dance music and relaxed, sometimes off-kilter, chillwave. Their strength is probably the more upbeat melodies, but the Brooklyn fans loved both. In fact, perhaps what the band does best live is map out a well-paced set that truly rises and falls, spacing out songs fan-favorites throughout the night. It was a show in support of the band’s new music from What Now, but a celebration of older tracks as well. Their songs do the same, often opening slow and relaxed before breaking out into trippy beats with elevated vocals. They get up and get down, you could say.

What Now, the band’s second full-length album and first since 2014, was released on April 28. It’s led by the single “Die Young,” a gloomy, building track that is accompanied by an excellent, retro music video.

Sylvan Esso continues touring through the summer. Dates are below.

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Middle Kids

Upcoming Tour Dates:
August
07 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue %
08 – Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium %
10 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre %
11 – Bellvue, Colo. @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre %
12 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot %
15 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore %
16 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom %
17 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom %
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune $
19 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune $
22 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater %
25 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern %
26 – San Diego, Calif @ The Observatory North Park %
27 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Outdoors %
29 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater %
30 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater %
31 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall

September
01 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theater %
15 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Jefferson #
16 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Stage AE #
17 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Crofoot Ballroom #
19 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! #
20 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues #
21 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s #
22 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium #
23 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
25 – Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note #
26 – Kansas City, Mo. @ CrossroadsKC #
28 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom #
29 – Asheville, N.C. @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena #
30 – Pittsboro, N.C. @ Shakori Hills &

(* = w/ Lucy Dacus)
(+ = w/ Aero Flynn)
(~ = w/ Field Report)
(% = w/ Flock of Dimes)
($ = w/ Dana Buoy)
(# = w/ Helado Negro)
(& = w/ Tune-Yards, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Well$)

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