Melbourne producer YEO has established himself as one of Australia’s most diverse artists. His latest album “Desire Path” is a bold and experimental collection of DIY synths, rhythmic pop and slick dance beats while delivering soothing vocals and quirky lyrics. It truly is one of the most underrated albums of the year with multiple songs that deserve major radio attention and a live show which is festival ready.
Gold Coast songstress San Mei kicked the night off with songs from her EP’s “Necessary” and “Wars” as well as a couple of cheeky unreleased tracks. Her melodic rock was musically captivating but her stage presence was lacking. Tracks like “Until You Feel Good” had my mind going into overdrive of how musically great it was but I was ultimately bored watching her with a set that just wasn’t engaging.
Next up was Adelaide newcomer Lonelyspeck who has been winning everyone over with his soulful vocals and impressive electronic production. However his set was also a victim of no stage presence. While his beautiful electronic pop is soothing to listen to, as a performer he was boring to watch. I would say this is a result of nerves getting the better of him and once he performs more he will come out of his shell and look less timid on stage. He came out of his shell slightly for set closer “All My Skin On The Air” which had the crowd bopping. But I must say his vocals are incredible and could be compared to Sam Smith with his soulful delivery.
With the venue filling up for the arrival of YEO the crowd excitingly welcomed his arrival onstage. His show is a visual experience that enhances his electronic musical fusions with artistic projections onto a backdrop. It transforms what would just be an energetic gig into a full sensory experience of catchy tracks, aesthetically pleasing projections and a crowd of sweaty bodies. “Plug Me In”, “Wannabe”, “Amy” and “Superstar” were early favourites that had the crowd dancing and singing along on top of their lungs. For “Chasing Shadows” Lonelyspeck joined YEO on stage to bring back his soulful vocals and he seemed a little bit more comfortable than during his set earlier. YEO then treated the crowd to some older material including the super energetic “Know That Feel” which had the whole crowd jumping. Wrapping it up with the new tracks “Three Dots” and “Be Your Frand” San Mei came back onstage to help him close the show with the super catchy “Never Wanted That” which truly deserves a Triple J Hottest 100 mention this year.
Joined by a drummer onstage YEO worked between the keyboard, synths and vocals to bring these songs to life. His show was mesmerising to watch with the high energy and colourful visuals that these songs produced. I was legitimately in awe of him and I have no other words to describe how great his show was.
You can catch Yeo on the remaining does of his “Desire Path Tour” here;
October 6 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide with Allume + Take Your Time DJ
October 7 – Transit Bar, Canberra with ŠŁĄČK
October 13 – Worker’s Club, Geelong with Take Your Time + Small FRY DJ
October 14 – Howler, Melbourne with Eilish Gilligan + Alex Yabsley DJ
October 20 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney with Commandeur
October 21 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle with FROYO