Seinabo Sey Brings Award-Winning Talent to NYC as she continues with US Tour
It was a rainy, humid night as Seinabo Sey kicked off her U.S. tour in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on Wednesday, May 27th.
As the night went on the crowd grew immensely in size. Comprised of mostly people in their late-twenties, there was a large contingency of Swedes who showed up in patriotic fashion to support their countrywoman in their native city.
Those who arrived early were rewarded with an opening act that was as much fun as it was musically impressive. James Davis, comprised of two twin sisters and their younger brother, meshed R&B with light acoustic guitar riffs and even a little rap. Armed with stellar voices, irresistible charm, and a shining positivity James Davis set the crowd up perfectly for a Sey.
The lights went black and music played ominously in the background as the crowd gathered near the stage with a hushed excitement. Sey appeared, dressed head to toe in a vibrant red, and approached the microphone with a delicate authority.
She began with “Pistols at Dawn,” a song off her latest EP entitled For Madeline. The crowd erupted as each gunshot in the song ushered in the powerful chorus.
After a few songs Sey took the microphone off its stand and addressed the crowd: “If it’s okay with you guys I’d like to give a quick monologue.” People were unsure of where this was going, but in 3-4 short minutes Sey gave the crowd a comedy routine regarding a man she had a crush on.
“If there’s advice I have for you, it’s to not wait 3 years to tell someone you like them. My new rule is 30 minutes.” The crowd erupted in laughter, with friends turning to each other exchanging a few shouted words or just smiling and laughing.
From there Sey went into one of the hidden gems of her latest EP, “River.” Characterized by a rousing piano melody and underscored by thumping percussion, this song had all the elements to impress live and Seinabo Sey and her band did so in style. The crowd rocked back and forth to the irresistible draw of the drums as Sey pierced their ears with her emotional lyrics.
Sey would pause every so often to address the crowd as she had done earlier, each time greeted by resounding laughter. “The U.S., New York, is the best place to perform. In America people cheer in the middle of the song. It’s amazing!”
With the crowd visibly enjoying themselves, Seinabo Sey ended with a powerful rendition of “Younger.” Clearly her most famous song, the audience shouted the chorus along with her, proving one of the moments of the evening.
Most people who came out to see Seinabo Sey last night were casual listeners or had only heard of her for the first time. After offering relationship advice, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a breathtaking musical set, Sey will have gained life-long fans taking her to her next album.
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