Sylvan Esso sounds like the name of a singer-songwriter from some romanticized country like Italy or Spain. While that person may very well exist, the one we love is the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanburn. One of the newest groups on the indie music scene, these two have been on the scene individual for years but decided to get together recently. On their self-titled debut album, they explore different genres without being concerned with what they want their sound to be. The result is a fun, danceable, ear-catching debut. You should love them like we do, here are five reasons why.
Their origin story
Several important things have been created or discovered unintentionally. Penicillin, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola, and anesthesia were all accidents that ended up changing the world. Sylvan Esso may not end up being the cure for some disease, but they are the cure for those seeking new music. The two were not intending to start a band when they first worked together, but they both liked what they created together and decided to make it a full-time thing.
The voice of Sylvan Esso is attached to one Ms. Amelia Meath. A third of the indie-folk group Mountain Man, Meath was already buzzed about before teaming up with Sanburn. Her folksy voice is subtle but standouts, just like her personality. Her carefree attitude projects an admirable confidence, which she has to have to do her interpretive style dance moves. You can see some of these moves in their video for "Coffee."
"Everything Is Free" cover
You can sing someone else's song and have it sound the way it's supposed to sound. Sometimes it hard enough to do just that. If you can make the song sound better than the original, that's special. Sylvan Esso have a knack for covers. With help from Jenn Wasner, they made Gillian Welch's "Everything Is Free" darker and more emotional; they perfected it. Check out their cover here.
Before cat-calling videos went viral, there was "Hey Mami;" a response to how ridiculous cat-calling can be. The upbeat, jazzy tune reflects the typical day for a woman walking down the street. The stares, innuendos and misguided "compliments," are often unprovoked and unnecessarily lewd. Meath wrote the song after one of her experiences with being cat-called. Knowing the story behind the song makes it that much better.
Their next album
There isn't any talk about them going into the studio, but just the thought of their next album is exciting. It will be interesting to see if they dive deeper into electronica or go in an entirely different direction. Since they both have other projects, a second album may be a long time coming. Hopefully, it won't be too long.