Sylvan Esso - 'Sylvan Esso'

Folkies come together to make electronic magic

Sylvan Esso - 'Sylvan Esso'

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  • Label: Partisan
8 / 10 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

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