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Sylvan Esso is like Alt-J with Female Vocals

Time for some light Tuesday listening from Durham, NC based band Sylvan Esso. With Nick Sanborn creating the electronics and Amelia Meath’s voice, the duo produces an electro-pop sound tinged with folk. The awesome result is something that sounds like the child of Alt-J and Coco Rosie.

Both members started out in other bands, Megafaun and Mountain Man, and though those influences are clearly heard, Meath chalks up their sound and chemistry to something else:

“We both have really strong listening backgrounds,” Meath told NPR. “Nick comes from a jazz background [and] I come from a folk background, where one of the main, important ingredients is being really present … and able to react in the moment.”

While I’m not a huge fan of the visual choices for many of their current music videos, the song Coffee is perfect for a rainy day, and it indeed is raining here in NYC.


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