If there’s one thing Syd is good at, it’s making everyone at her live shows feel like her best friend.
The frontwoman of The Internet opened her Always Never Home Tour at Irving Plaza in New York City Monday night (Oct. 10) and was met with love from fans she’s garnered throughout her relatively short career. The 20-city tour is her first solo headlining tour and is in support of her recently-released EP of the same name, as well as her debut solo album, Fin, from earlier this year.
Brooklyn-born DJ Kitty Cash opened the show, followed by Little Rock, Ark.-based rapper Kari Faux. If Faux’s name doesn’t sound familiar, her music might: she recently gained notoriety with a few songs featured on HBO’s Insecure and released an EP titled Primary last month.
The sold-out crowd erupted in cheers when Syd came onstage and opened with Fin cut “No Complaints.” Mic feedback plagued her first few songs, which included other Fin tracks “Know” and “Got Her Own,” as well as the sleepy “No Looking Back” from Always Never Home. Syd then took it back a little, performing “Love Song –1” from The Internet’s 2011 debut, Purple Naked Ladies, then followed up with perennial Internet favorite “Girl” and the beloved Kaytranada collaboration “You’re the One.” “Dollar Bills” is another well-liked Fin track, featuring guest vocals and production from fellow Internet member Steve Lacy.
Syd then slowed it down a bit with covers of Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me” (which she changed to “She Loves Me”) and Miguel’s “Quickie,” as well as sex playlist-ready Fin highlights “Smile More” and “Shake Em Off.” She hyped the crowd back up with crunk&B Fin track “Over,” splitting them into three groups to help sing her different parts in Daniel Caesar’s “Take Me Away.” She rounded out the show with a cover of Robin Thicke’s “Sex Therapy” and Fin singles “Body” and “All About Me.”
Syd’s simple and intimate solo show imitates the simple and intimate sound that runs through all of Fin and Always Never Home, which makes her style of singing one of the most soothing R&B voices to listen to. Whether we’ll hear her next on a new Internet album, a new solo project or featured on another artist’s song, it’s safe to say that Syd’s voice will never go unwelcomed.
The Always Never Home Tour continues tonight in Washington, D.C. Give the EP a listen below.