Sylvan Esso are excited to debut their new video for “Coffee,” directed by Dan Huiting. Filled with swirling colors to match the song’s eclectic beats, we are taken from an Appalachian contra-dance, to a proper Durham, NC house party, and finally to a 1950s-era sock-hop that explodes with a sexy, synchronized dance routine drenched in neon.
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.
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. hese 10 tunes were realized and recorded in Sanborn’s Durham bedroom during the last year.
5/19 Paris, France – Café De La Danse*
* w/ tUnE-yArDs
6/23 New York, NY – Webster Hall *