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In the new age of experimenting with sounds and mixing it up, Sylvan Esso is one of the bands on the top of their game. The dreamy lyrics and intertwining and addictive electronic beats make for a glorious combination that is a perfect soundtrack for road trips, adventures, and general fun times. Specifically, the lyrics portray similar contrasting materials that is also something that everyone can, on some level, relate to.



Some might not know this, but Sylvan Esso did not intend to be a band when they first started out. With her song, “Play it Right,” that Amelia Meath originally recorded with Mountain Men, Meath ran into Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak at a small club and asked him to remake her song his way.



According to Partisan Records,

“[Nick Sanborn] did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.”


The spark was ignited, and their passion for music blossomed into their new joint project. A year after meeting in 2013, they debut a collection of stark melodies “concerning suffering and love, darkness, and deliverance.”


With their hits like “Play it Right,” and “Coffee,” and some newer songs like “H.K.S.T” and “Dreamy Bruises,” they started to really make a name for themselves.



Their teamwork and collaboration is one that perfectly suits their passion for music. When Meath sings to Sanborn a melody that she has conjured and captured, he almost instinctively knows how to respond. When he delivers to her the backbone of a wordless beat, she adds lyrical bait where he would have only seen white space.



Sylvan Esso has already been on tour for about a month now, and will be hitting up San Francisco this Friday at the Fillmore. To check out their other dates, visit their website and be sure to tell us your thoughts on Twitter!



What do you think of Sylvan Esso? Are you going to add it to your summer soundtrack? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!