Sylvan Esso – ‘Sylvan Esso’

Folkies come together to make electronic magic

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn aren’t new to this. She’s previously made music with Mountain Man and he with Megafaun, but the silken sounds of Sylvan Esso are a cut above. 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. The gigantic ‘Play It Right’ thrums with a layered lushness, while the ultra-rhythmic, playground sing-songery of Dirty Projectors and Tune-Yards skitters across ‘Hey Mami’. The indisputable highlight, however, comes with the underwater wubs of ‘Coffee’, a song about sex, dancing and caffeine that delivers the chills of all three through some seriously interstellar spaceship soul.

Leonie Cooper


Record label: Partisan