Friday, December 5, 2014

Sylvan Esso

This band has proven to me that they're worth talking about. I've been hearing "Coffee" on the radio for a couple months now and really liked it. Until I watched Conan one night and they were on the show (click the link to watch). That's where Sylvan Esso ruined it for me a little bit. I thought to myself, "wow, they are trying way too hard" and it seemed very contrived. Fast forward to a couple weeks later, a lot of my friends are into them and talking about them. Posting YouTube videos of their songs on Facebook. Since I was intrigued by them from the start, I thought, "okay, I'll click play and see what else they have to offer" and right around then was when I forgave them for the Conan performance because I fucking love this band!

The duo consists of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, both from other bands originally. Their debut self titled album came out in May 2014 and "Coffee" was on the Billboard top 40 charts for July and August, staying at #39 but still, it's a big accomplishment.

I'm not sure if this is just a side project for them, but I hope they continue working together to make music. They seem to blend electronic music with different instruments (cowbell, banjo,) and it turns out to be pretty interesting. They seem like they aren't afraid to take risks and I like that. They remind me of what Arcade Fire would be if they wrote songs like "Sprawl II" all the time - very intricate, detailed synth electronic music. Definitely worth a listen.

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