10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer Amelia Meath of the folk trio Mountain Man and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn make music that's both sweet and savory. Meath’s vocals are layered and interlaced, woven into spare arrangements with bulging, blinking synths and snapping electronic percussion. A whiff of TuneYards here and a hint of Little Dragon there, Sylvan Esso works street noise, warm static, and odd flourishes that flow easily, all sultry and sexy and clearly tolerant of weirdness injected at any moment. “Play It Right” expands and contracts on synth notes that inhale and exhale, thunking percussion and synthetic hand claps keeping the beat, with a chorus of Meath’s looped vocals fluttering over something like a clanking cowbell. Tunes like “Dreamy Bruises” and “H.S.K.T.” (“head, shoulders, knees, and toes”) play like hopscotch rhymes for the late-night crowd, and “Coffee” gets into your system in the best way, its warm synth pulses, slinking shakers, and twinkling xylophone creating late-night magic all on their own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer Amelia Meath of the folk trio Mountain Man and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn make music that's both sweet and savory. Meath’s vocals are layered and interlaced, woven into spare arrangements with bulging, blinking synths and snapping electronic percussion. A whiff of TuneYards here and a hint of Little Dragon there, Sylvan Esso works street noise, warm static, and odd flourishes that flow easily, all sultry and sexy and clearly tolerant of weirdness injected at any moment. “Play It Right” expands and contracts on synth notes that inhale and exhale, thunking percussion and synthetic hand claps keeping the beat, with a chorus of Meath’s looped vocals fluttering over something like a clanking cowbell. Tunes like “Dreamy Bruises” and “H.S.K.T.” (“head, shoulders, knees, and toes”) play like hopscotch rhymes for the late-night crowd, and “Coffee” gets into your system in the best way, its warm synth pulses, slinking shakers, and twinkling xylophone creating late-night magic all on their own.

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About Sylvan Esso

A collaboration between singer/songwriter Amelia Meath of the Appalachian indie folk trio Mountain Man and electronic producer Nick Sanborn, who performs under the moniker Made of Oak and plays bass with rootsy psych-rockers Megafaun, Durham, North Carolina's Sylvan Esso craft evocative, yet elusive electro folk-pop confections that encompass the best parts of both artists. Formed in 2013, a year after Sanborn presented Meath with a particularly affecting remix of the Meath-penned Mountain Man song "Play It Right," the duo released their Partisan Records-issued debut long-player in early 2014. The LP cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the singles "Hey Miami" and "Coffee," the latter of which was performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, marking their national television debut. Early 2017 saw the release of two new singles, "Radio" and "Kick Jump Twist," in anticipation of the arrival of their sophomore full-length What Now, which dropped later that year. ~ James Christopher Monger

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