Electro-Pop Rockers EXNATIONS Perform Live Session of "Wore All Black"
We’ve covered EXNATIONS a few times before here on The Music Mermaid (they even got a spot on our top favorite songs of the year) because there’s something so fresh about them. The electro-pop trio have come a long way this year — not only have they played to loving crowds all over NYC but they also released their debut EP, Tiny Sound In The Dark. For a band that’s rarely in the same room together — having instead to piece together parts in bedrooms separated by states — this is pretty major.
Last month, EXNATIONS got together to perform a few live performances of their discography as part of their Flamingo Palace Sessions. Weeks later, we’re still swooning over their performance of “Wore All Black.” The studio version off Tiny Sound In The Dark buzzes with the swell of synth, thick slaps of percussion, and a whole lot of neon energy, but while the Flamingo session maintains the same warbling electronica and general bright-lights style, it’s subdued. There’s a stronger sense of sadness even though “Wore All Black” is, ultimately, a love letter of sorts. Maybe it’s the darkness in their Flamingo Palace. Maybe it’s the heads-down, eyes-closed passion of the band. Maybe it’s the quiet glow of light blooming out of the shadows. Whatever it is that’s suggesting a lingering sorrow in this performance doesn’t matter because regardless, or maybe in spite of it, EXNATIONS still go all-in with their sonic prowess, each member delivering the best they’ve got. Searing guitar rhythms, deep bass lines, and the dazzling magic of the synth pad build a bittersweet performance you’ll want to lap up on repeat.