Saturday at Splendour in the Grass was a particularly special one for the Borzestowski family, as they (along with some friends) brought the late Szymon‘s acclaimed debut album, Tigersapp, to life as part of a moving tribute to the Newcastle producer and songwriter.
The GW McLennan Tent had a strong crowd of supporters during the afternoon, drawn out to witness the gorgeous ambient vibes we’ve fallen in love with on record, realised by Szymon’s siblings and close friends. As an album, Tigersapp enraptured, with the fragility of Szymon’s vocals woven with some gorgeous and immaculate production and on the live front (“Locks”, “Medusa”, “Golden”, “Roma”), the band did brilliantly in drawing this fusion out and working it successfully within their 6-piece dynamic.
Special guest vocalists included Emma Louise, David Le’aupepe of Gang of Youths, Little May and Ball Park Music‘s Sam Cromack – each bringing their own flair to the show. The harmonies between Eva, Kubush and Dom Borzestowski were especially stunning, while Kubush sounded eerily similar to Szymon as he led the band on vocals for much of the set. Shivers type stuff.
A fitting tribute to a talent gone too soon – there was nothing but love in the tent on this hot afternoon.
Photo by Andrew Wade