Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ayo / Time Out review

The shoes made it through only one number during a showcase by Ayo (pronounced “EYE-yoh”) at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday night. “I was trying to impress you,” she told her big, stylish audience as she doffed her footwear. “That’s what high heels are for.” The young Nigerian-German singer-songwriter—whose name means “joy” in Yoruba—seemed genuinely impressed by the number of people who turned up to hear her perform songs from her latest album, Gravity at Last. The disc doesn’t come out in the U.S. until July. Yet this crowd knew its tracks already, and even chanted lines from “Girls,” an as-yet-unrecorded song, back at her. (more at timeoutny.com)