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Sylvan Esso 6/11/14

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Written by Brian Benton
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  • Date Recorded: June 11, 2014
  • Artist / Band: Sylvan Esso
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Joe Mullen

It is rather unexpected that Sylvan Esso, the result of a synthesis between one member of psych-rockers Megafaun and one from Vermont folk group Mountain Man, would be so groovy, so wobbly and so electric.

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Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, of Megafaun, come from bands that, while drastically different, have affection for rawness and guitars, both acoustic and electric. Sylvan Esso has neither of those things. Instead, the duo combined to make music that echoes the Dirty Projectors in its gentle electro ballads.

In "Coffee," the lead single from the band's self-titled debut album, Meath's warm coo is just one of many layers, including heavy synths and other shimmering sound effects. Knowing the ingredients, one can pull out hints of each member's prior projects: folky harmonization and psychedelic loops and hooks. Without that knowledge, however, one could never guess the amount of diversity that makes up the whole. Sometimes, the most unexpected recipes have the sweetest results.

All photos by Nate Burrell

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