You may not have been familiar with the Durham, North Carolina band of Sylvan Esso, but you probably might be familiar with the two principal members making up the band. Amelia Meath is part of the minimalist folk trio Mountian Man, three girls who sing haunting harmonies acoustically with the barest of instrumentation except their voices. Nick Sanborn is the bassist of psych rock outfit Megafaun and also does solo electronic work as Made of Oak. The two met by chance in a small club in 2012 and decided to work on the song Play It Right, a piece Meath originally wrote for Mountain Man. Two years later, a full album between the two was completed and Sylvan Esso was born.
Their self-titled debut album betrays none of the origins of either Meath’s or Sanborn’s main bands. Rather, it marries the best of Meath’s strong woodsy vocals with the beats that Sanborn produces. Think Purity Ring‘s minimal electronic pulses, but with an acoustic folk bent. And strangely enough, it works wonderfully. Sylvan Esso the record is full of darkly seductive songs that sounds great underneath your headphones.
Watch the video for single Coffee embedded below.
Sylvan Esso are coming to St Louis. They will be playing at the Luminary on 6/11 (tickets here)
Sylan Esso – Sylan Esso comes out 5/13 via Partisan (order here)