Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He 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.

Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food.

Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut-a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance-arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.

"Coffee" by Sylvan Esso gets remixed by J. Rocc,

Sylvan Esso gets remixed by J. Rocc

Sylvan Esso’s track “Coffee has gotten remixed by J. Rocc. The duo have also shared new dates for their current tour, they play their next show on October 30th Saxapahaw, NC at the Haw River Ballroom. Their self-titled debut album is now out on Partisan/Dine Alone Records:

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Sylvan Esso - new video for "Dreamy Bruises" + stems released for fans to create remixes

Sylvan Esso debut video for “Dreamy Bruises”

Directed and shot by Bob Pruvis and Timm Gable in Milwauke, WI in the summer of 2014, the video for Sylvan Esso’s “Dreamy Bruises” is filled with natural beauty, human connections, and enigma — much like their widely-praised self-titled debut album. Watch as a diverse cast of characters, including:

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My Morning Jacket Announces One Big Holiday 2015, Feat. War on Drugs, PHJB, DJ Biz Markie + More, the festival happens 1/31-2/4, 2015 in Riviera Maya

My Morning Jacket Announces One Big Holiday

oday, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents have announced the second edition of My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday – the band’s ultimate fan experience and destination concert event. My Morning Jacket brings their live performance.

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Sylvan Esso announces headline tour + new sessions with Sirius XMU, Sylvan Esso's self-titled album is now out on Partisan, they play 6/11 in St Louis

Sylvan Esso announces headline tour

Sylvan Esso is excited to announce their first-ever US headlining tour, kicking off in Asheville on August 14th, and culminating with a date at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on September 12th. Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut,

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