Say She She | photo by Ellen C Miller
Say She She’s soul-tinged psychedelia is infectious at NON-COMM
The New York indie pop band’s brought a performance that felt more like a celebration to World Cafe Live.
- Pink Roses
- Blow My Mind
- Forget Me Not
Say She She kept it tight while not being afraid to let loose during their set at NOM-COMM.
Closing out the upstairs stage, the Brooklyn-based female-led band walked on to a stage adorned with pink carnations, a perfect indicator of their sugary vocal delivery and undeniably groovy rhythm section.
Opening with their recently released single, “Reeling,” the three lead vocalists — Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik, and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham — wasted no time in flexing their dreamy harmonies. The sort of synchronization that feels almost mythical; their vocals flawlessly complimented each other, their voices gliding over a flood of soul-tinged psychedelia. There was an air of whimsy to their performance, as the trio danced around the stage, whether it was the perfectly coordinated hand claps, or their chemistry with the backing band, their sunny energy was infectious. Still, they managed to show off their musical chops through the bluesy guitar solo on “Pink Roses” and the springy bass lines sprinkled throughout their five song set.
A ray of light to day three of NON-COMM, the funky keys on “Trouble” accompanied by the sultry vocals was the perfect opportunity for the band to cut loose. The hypnotic rhythm seamlessly slid into “Blow My Mind,” another mesmerizing siren song that doubled as a call to action for male-dominated spaces to be dismantled. Rounding out their set with “Forget Me Not,” as the band faded down and and the very last “forget me not” hovered in the air, it was clear from the enthusiastic applause that it will be a while before Say She She slips out of the NOM-COMM crowd’s memory.
You can catch Say She She at this year’s XPoNential Festival on September 22. With a performance that feels more like a celebration, there’s no better band to feature as WXPN commemorates the 30th year of the festival; tickets and information can be found at the XPNFest website.