Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:15 pm
Electronic duo Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath of folk trio Mountain Man and producer Nick Sanborn, bassist from Megafaun. The project melds Meath's confident vocals with the sputtering synths, chopped-up samples and hip-hop grooves that Sanborn first explored with his solo project Made of Oak.
The duo approaches performance as equal entities: Sanborn doesn't stand in the back and let Meath bring the energy; they both serve it up, and joyously. WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth recently invited the band to a private D.C. studio, the Wilderness Bureau, to record a live session — and everyone involved had a tough time sitting still during Sylvan Esso's electric set. The duo performed sprightly, engaging versions of "Play It Right" and its most recent single, "Coffee."
Producers: Wilderness Bureau; Video Editor: Raul Zahir De Leon; Additional Videography: Dawne Langford; Audio: Miguel Lacsamana; Title Design: Maggie Famiglietti.