10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Sylvan Esso’s twee sound. The duo’s cheerful, cheeky brand of folk-pop is surprisingly complex, with lyrics that point to a more cynical view of the world. What Now weaves between anxious happiness (“Just Dancing”) and lighthearted sadness (“Slack Jaw”), with most songs floating somewhere in the middle (“Kick Jump Twist” uses synths to toggle between moods). “Radio,” a magnificently meta takedown of cookie-cutter FM radio, is so layered that it borders on parody. Listen to Amelia Meath spit truth in perky, chirpy couplets: “Singin' I've got the moves of a TV queen/Folk girl hero in a magazine/Faking the truth in a new pop song/Don't you wanna sing along?”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Sylvan Esso’s twee sound. The duo’s cheerful, cheeky brand of folk-pop is surprisingly complex, with lyrics that point to a more cynical view of the world. What Now weaves between anxious happiness (“Just Dancing”) and lighthearted sadness (“Slack Jaw”), with most songs floating somewhere in the middle (“Kick Jump Twist” uses synths to toggle between moods). “Radio,” a magnificently meta takedown of cookie-cutter FM radio, is so layered that it borders on parody. Listen to Amelia Meath spit truth in perky, chirpy couplets: “Singin' I've got the moves of a TV queen/Folk girl hero in a magazine/Faking the truth in a new pop song/Don't you wanna sing along?”

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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

  • ORIGIN
    Durham, NC
  • FORMED
    2013

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