SYLK And Trinity Orchestra Kick Forbidden Fruit Off (Hot Press)

SYLK live at forbidden fruit festival - photo by Hotpress Mark Carroll

Hot Press is live at Forbidden Fruit today as the three-day Bank Holiday weekend festival kicks off at a sun-drenched Royal Hospital Kilmainham grounds.

Early trickles of crowds at Forbidden Fruit found themselves between two impressive – and equally immersive – homegrown Irish talents.

SYLK’s brand of dark energy electronica on the Bulmer’s Live Stage – the only Irish-only stage – feels an anomaly in the sunny grounds of the picturesque Royal Hospital, yet they confirmed their booking with eerie aplomb.

Their self-produced, icy, bass-heavy productions – an engrossing blend of the shadowy ambience of Burial and the fiery vocals of Kelela. Their shows clouded by the fumes of a smoke machine, syncopated drums shook the modestly sized tent.

Vocalist Taylor Doyle screaming on once occasion, “I think I fucking lost it”.

In an interview with Hot Press, the duo self-labeled their sound: “Controversy. Distortion. Manipulation”