Sylvan Esso, the new North Carolina-based duo made up of Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn has been one of my (and many others’) biggest obsessions of 2013/14. Their sweetsy-soulful electro-pop is ridiculously catchy, and it appears that everyone’s catching on.
Sylvan Esso‘s tracks have been hitting top spots on Spotify’s viral streaming charts, are some of the most requested on Sirius XMU radio, continuously top Hype Machine charts and after SXSW, the duo received reviews from the New York Times, People Magazine, Spin, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, etc. They’re blowin’ up, y’all!
Story has it that Amelia and Nick met in 2012 in passing at a show they both happened to be playing w/their respective bands and/or projects. Amelia asked Nick to rework her first song, “Play it Right,” and turns out, he did just that. The two then realized they could make sweet, sweet music together and Sylvan Esso was born. On May 13th, Partisan Records will release Sylvan Esso‘s highly anticipated debut, self-titled album.
The two have just three tracks, “Coffee,” “Play it Right” and “Hey Mami” that people like myself have played an ungodly amount of times. And, if you ever tune in to Cuckoo for Coco’s Pop Underground, (yes, I’m plugging the radio show right now – It’s every Sunday at 11 am – noon PT on BFF.fm), you’ve most likely heard all three. Just this week, in anticipation of the debut album, Sylvan Esso has dropped two new videos for “Coffee” and “Play it Right,” that both “get up, get down.” After the album release, the duo will also embark on a tour with Tune-Yards May – June. What an eclectic and stellar combination! Enjoy:
Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami
PHOX, the 6 piece indie-pop band based in Wisconsin has been charming the music world hard. The group describes their sound as “music that straddles Feist and Monty Python,” and their playfulness shines.
Since the 2013 release of their debut EP, Confetti, the group was donned “Madison’s musical success story of 2013,” by The Daily Page. They also took the festival circuit by storm playing SXSW, and iTunes Music Festival in London. PHOX is also already highly beloved by NPR and has been popping up in publications like The New York Times, NY Mag, Salon, and Vogue, all with adoring reviews.
The group recently signed with Partisan Records and will be releasing their highly anticipated self-titled, debut album June 24th complete with a massive US tour in May. It’s easy to hear and see why the group is so lovable, especially with the re-release of their soulful single and official video for, “Slow Motion.” Have a listen and watch this “bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants.”