July 31, 2014
Sky Ferreira puts on show of cuteness in City club
For the Herald
“Cute” was the word on everyone’s lips as they left Niceto Club on Friday night after a concert by US singer Sky Ferreira. It’s undeniable, the 21 year old pop-singer is delightfully charming. While everyone gathered to the Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood to hear Ferreira sing the big numbers of her new album — and her voice was stunning when she did — it was hard not to leave the show thinking more about how much you wanted to be her friend. Though she has garnered a reputation as a bit of a bad girl (“I usually wear sunglasses, so this is a big deal”), it was hard to see how that was possible after watching her perform.
On Friday night, just before the opening act by Manta Raya, Niceto was mostly empty, save for the younger crowd, mostly made up of middle- and high-school girls with parents in tow and a collection of confused US travellers (“is this Sky Ferreira?”). However, when their set came to a close, the floor had filled, as had the upstairs room. It was clear that everyone was there for Ferreira.
After a painful half hour of waiting music, Ferreira was met with screams of excitement and all of a sudden the crowd was lit by a sea of phones, cameras and iPads. She started to sing, and so did the crowd. She even looked a little surprised to see how well her Argentine fans knew her lyrics.
A fan threw an Argentine flag to her and she gamely picked it up and posed with it for the cameras, making sure to give a good photo op to fans on every side of the stage. She went to tie it to the keyboard during her song and almost dropped her microphone trying to figure out how to hold it and tie a knot with two hands. She apologized, saying that she would try to focus more on “actually doing my job or whatever.” Not that anyone really minded.
The flag was just the first of many gifts thrown to Ferreira during the night including another flag, red underwear with a note attached (photo evidence on instagram), and two t-shirts, one with a print of Ferreira’s face with devil horns on it that could only have been specially made.
Even though there may have been a language barrier, Ferreira spoke English exclusively throughout the show, and, as it went on, a bond grew between the singer and the audience. To the everyone’s delight, she even proclaimed Argentina her favourite country she had been to on her tour and grabbed phones and cameras from the people standing in the front to take selfies and some shots of her other band members.
Though she doesn’t play them often anymore, according to her, Ferreira played some of her “acoustic” songs as well, including Sad Dream and Werewolf. Just like there are method actors, it seems like Ferreira is a bit of a method artist, and when she wasn’t posing with her fans, waving to them or taking selfies and playing with the collection of things thrown on stage, her face got serious, as if her mind had travelled to another place in time.
During Sad Dream, it was enough to bring her to tears, and at one point she turned to face away from the audience to collect herself. One fan even threw her a pack of tissues. “Oh my god,” she laughed, “I’m so embarrassed.” But the crowd didn’t let her feel bad about it for long and immediately broke into a cheer for their young queen. She whipped out her own phone to try to capture her audience shouting “olé olé” in perfect unison.
“This is the first time I’ve phoned anything,” she smiled. The link to the video is on her Twitter account.
Though what stole the show was Ferreira’s personality, her voice hardly took a back seat. Each song sounded almost exactly like her album in a way that looked completely effortless for the young singer. She played almost all of her songs, certainly all of the big ones, even the less-performed Everything’s Embarrassing. Her performance of Sad Dream was smoky and fraught with quiet emotion; she sounded almost like Norah Jones.
Watching her sing each track somehow made all of them make a little more sense, and seeing her act them all out as she sang with little hand movements, like you would your favourite songs in a car with your friends, made her feel more like a real person who also happened to be really, really good singer. She was really cute.