Tuesday 30th September 2014
Anneka + DJ G
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £7 / £9
Male-female duo, making catchy electro pop, balancing electronic sounds with warm vocal melodies.
Melting Vinyl are pleased to announce North Carolina-based electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso! The duo are in for an amazing year, with the recent release of their debut album, and are current support for tUnE-yArDs on tour.
Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff. He’d found his new collaborator without even looking.
Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut – a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance – arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
Sanborn’s production is fully modern and wonderfully active. He enlists obliterating dubstep stutters and crisp electropop pulses, hazy electrostatic breezes and epinephrine dancefloor turnarounds. His music syncs seamlessly with Meath’s melodies, so that the respective words and beats become a string of ready-to-play singles.
Sylvan Esso acknowledges that the world is a tumult of complications by giving you a way to sing and dance with those troubles, if not to will them away altogether.
“Heartfelt, human electronica that pulses with a folksy emotion thanks to Meath’s beautifully warm vocals, the duo’s debut LP is a summer essential.” – NME 8/10