"This is my first concert in New York."
LÉON appeared on my musical playlist radar after reading a Paper Mag article about the 10 Musicians to Watch in 2016. After giving her EP "Treasure" a listen on Spotify, I was hooked. Catchy doesn't even begin to describe tracks like "Nobody Cares" (in the video player ot the left) and "Tired of Talking". It doesn't seem like the internet knows much about the mononymous Swedish singer LÉON (including her birth name), but she's definitely going to be making waves this year.
LÉON took the stage with her three-person band, running through the songs from her EP in quick order.
A few songs in, she covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"
In person, LÉON impressively shifted from sultry lounge singer to siren in seamless fashion.
LÉON's really demonstrated how well her voice held up under pressure with stripped down songs like the closing track of her EP, titled "LÉON's Lullaby".
She also told us about how this was her first concert in NY (sold out, to boot). The next day, she would travel over the bridge to Brooklyn to play a second show at Baby's All Right.
LÉON didn't save the crowd favorites for her encore (there wasn't one). "Nobody Cares" was right in the middle of her set. She told the story about how her producer convinced her to post it on Soundcloud, not knowing if it would gain traction. Luckily, it did.
One of my favorite things to do at concerts is to take photos of other people taking photos (though in this case, a video). Her last song of the night was a new song which I didn't get the name of, but I'm sure it'll be hitting YouTube soon.
All in all, it was a great (albeit short) performance by an artist with tons of potential. If LÉON can keep up the momentum from her EP, we'll be hearing a lot more from her.