I’ve been meaning to do a feature on this band for forever, so I figured what better day to stop procrastinating and do it than their album release day? Sylvan Esso is a duo from Durham, North Carolina whose music I fell in love with a couple years back when I came across their 2014 titled album on Amazon Music. Their electronic music is sometimes dancey, often quirky and always dreamy. Shortly after discovering them, they released the 2017 album, What Now, which for me was just as catchy as the first album. They’ve been two of my favorite recent albums and have made SE one of my favorite bands, up there with my all-time groups already.
One of the things I love so much is Nick Sanborn’s electronic instrumentals and production combined with singer Amelia Meath’s cool vocals, which have an almost folk quality. It might sound like an odd combination, but it works wonderfully.
Today is really special to me because it’s the release day for the duo’s third album, Free Love. 2020 has been a pretty crappy year, so it’s nice to have something new to be excited about despite that. They released the song Ferris Wheel over the summer, which is already one of their best, capturing what their unique sound. They even released an Animal Crossing version of the video recently! (Check them both out below, along with a pick from each of the first two albums.)
If you’re looking for something dreamy, something to dance to, you need to check out Sylvan Esso. They’re a bright spot in a dark year an just an amazing band in general.
Enjoy, and check the band out HERE.