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Essential Listening: Sylvan Esso

Essential Listening: Sylvan Esso

Ruth Hartnoll | Features & Interviews

Sylvan Esso is the dreamy mix of Amelia Randall Meath’s elastic voice and Nicholas Sanborn’s impossibly catchy beats. So intrinsic is Amelia’s voice to Nicholas’ beats, it seems impossible to imagine a world where one might create something without the other. Their sinewy, distinctive sound will make them a firm favourite in no time. If you want a crash course in which five tracks to add to your next playlist, you can’t go far wrong with these recommendations.

Hey Mami
Hey Mami is the opening track to Sylvan Esso’s self-titled 2014 album. It’s almost acapella blend of beats and voice is amped up another level when the synth kicks in. It’s instant dance music. It’s a mission statement to what the band represent; head-bobbing vocals and killer beats. This track even managed to capture the attention of Orange is the New Black’s creators - it features in the latest season’s finale.

If you’re looking for an instant floor filler for your next party - look no further than H.S.K.T. From the slow build of vocal, hi-hat and electronic beat to full crashing kick in, this track has all you need for a good night out. Put it on you pre-party playlist and dance, dance, dance.

Dreamy Bruises
Slightly more melancholic in sound, Dreamy Bruises makes you want to drop it all and take a road trip somewhere. The dark underbelly of the song becomes apparent in its lyrics;  “...I want you(you)/ To see all the ways I can move/ To see how a skin so smooth/ See how my blood runs blue.” The moodier lyrics are balanced out by the song’s warm and reassuring drum backdrop. The overall effect is spell-binding.

Die Young
In Sylvan Esso’s latest song, Die Young, we see the maturing of their 2014 album. The sound is rounded and developed. All of the essentials are there; Amelia's voice and Nicholas’ electronics, but now it feels grown-up, less DIY. It’s sure to be soundtracking your road trips to festivals for the rest of summer.

Another absolute banger, ‘Radio’ takes everything good about Sylvan Esso and amps it up. Amelia’s voice sounds brasher, more confident, Nicholas’ electronic backdrop sounds harder, grittier. It’s Sylvan Esso hyped-up and ready to party. Put it on and turn it up.

Brudenell Social Club welcomes Sylvan Esso to Leeds on Monday 13th November.

Photo courtesy of Melt! Booking
Words by Ruth Hartnoll of Crown Rules

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