Her May 27th performance wasn't the first time Swedish export Seinabo Sey had captivated a New York City audience, and after the show she put on at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, it surely won't be the last. The powerhouse singer graced the stage wrapped in bright red fabric, but even that couldn't compete with her powerful vocals. Seinabo delivered moody songs like "Pistols at Dawn" and brighter moments like "Younger" and "Poetic" with equal aplomb. And when she wasn't singing, her winning personality shined through brightly as she thanked opening act James Davis and told the audience the stories behind her songs (especially when she spoke on the awkward story behind "Poetic"). She also offered a few surprises, like an unexpected cover of Lauryn Hill's "Sweetest Thing."
Though she didn't offer dance moves or a highly kinetic performance, opting instead to stay mostly at center stage, she commanded the audience like a seasoned performer and left them begging for more. After her set had ended and the venue's lights went up, murmurs about just how good Seinabo was could be heard throughout the crowd, with most making plans to catch her the next time she landed in the Big Apple.