Update: Sylvan Esso’s dublin show has moved from Button Factory to the Tivoli Theatre due to demand. Original tickets valid.

Sylvan Esso will be back in Dublin later this year on 14th November for a gig at Tivoli Theatre

The North Carolina-based electro pop duo have a new album What Now on 28 April.

Tickets priced €18 on sale this Friday 28th April at 9am through Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.



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Ships – Precession

“With Precession, Ships have taken all that guardianship, heart and knowledge and have made one of my favourite albums of the year. Songs for the mind and body. The album is one of the most beautiful and dynamic sounding records you’ll hear this year. Its production is detailed with lots of little sonic treats that easy to pick up on but hard to create.”

My album of the week. Full info here.

Favourite tracks: ‘Where We Are’, ‘All Will Be’, ‘I Can Never’.


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Gorillaz – Humanz

An all-star cast is Gorillaz thing but still the cast on this is ridiculous. Grace Jones, Kelela, Popcaan, DRAM, Danny Brown, Mavis Staples, De La Soul, Kali Uchis, Zebra Katz, Vince Staples, Savages, Rag ‘n’Bone Man, , Noel Gallagher (yes), Carly Simon, Ray Blk, Kilo Kish, Peven Everett. I could go on. It’s hard to weave so many disparate guests into a coherent whole but Damon Albarn is a dab hand at it. It may not be the best Gorillaz album (Plastic Beach reigns supreme) but Humanz provides many moments of kaleidoscopic pleasure, even while the formula feels a little tired on occasion. Standouts include Kelela’s vocal on the bouncy ‘Submission’, the Bobby-Womack tribute of ‘Andromeda’, Vince Staples sharp politically-charged verses on ‘Ascension’ and having Pusha T and Mavis Staples on the same track on ‘Let me Out’.

Favourite tracks: ‘Ascension’, ‘Submission’, ‘Andromeda’, ‘Let Me Out’.

Listen on Spotify.


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Sylvan Esso – What Now

The second album from the North Carolina duo frees up the band’s electro with looser pop textures (‘The Glow’) and a near acoustic singalong (‘Song’). It’s still very much the duo who gave us ‘Coffee’ and Play It Right’ and that’s down to Nick Sanborn’s production which at its core is percussive electro-pop and vocally, the warm earthiness of Amelia Meath.

Favourite tracks: ‘Radio’, ‘Die Young’, ‘Kick Jump Twist’.

Listen on Spotify


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J Dilla – Motor City

The latest release from the vault of one of hip-hop’s great – maybe the greatest – producer. Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes has released this album of 20 varied instrumental cuts. J Rocc provides a single mix of the album too.

Listen on Spotify


5.

Feist – Pleasure

Leslie Feist’s first album in six years makes clear that we are far away from the bright guitar pop of 2007’s The Reminder and the silky textures of 2004’s Let It Die. Continuing the plaintive style of 2011’s Metals, Pleasure is a stripped back low-key album for quiet moments. Jarvis Cocker appears for some spoken word on ‘Century’, ‘Any Party’ feels like dropping in to a live band in the studio, and the title track brandishes a PJ Harvey-style intensity but Pleasure in this case, is very understated.

Favourite tracks: ‘Pleasure’, ‘lost Dreams’, ‘Any Party’.

Listen on Spotify


More albums to check out? Wilsen’s I Go Missing In my Sleep and Winter Aid’s The Murmur Of The Land.

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Civil Civic, Zack De La Rocha, Soulé, Kelly Lee Owens & more. This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


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Junior Boys – ‘Yes’

A banger from a new EP Kiss Me All Night.

Junior Boys follow up last year’s Big Black Coat album with a new four track EP. Leading the charge is ‘Yes’ a pulsating electronic synth jam that hits hard. The EP also features a cover of John Martyn’s ‘Some People Are Crazy’ and a Prince-inspired title track.


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Sylvan Esso – ‘Radio’

The US electro pop duo return with a 12″ release.

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have returned as Sylvan Esso with their first bit of new music since their debut album in 2014.

‘Radio’ is the lead track of the new 12″ release on Lomo Vista along with ‘Kick Jump Twist’, a bouncy synth-pop of a track. It’s released in November physically and digitally tomorrow.

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Kelly Lee Owens – ‘CBM’

Daniel Avery’s collaborator continues to impress solo.

Doing little with lots, Kelly Lee Owens’ infuses throbbing electronics with a voice familiar to Daniel Avery fans (she featured on Drone Logic) of “the colors, the beauty, and the motion.” It’s from the Welsh producer’s forthcoming EP Oleic on Smalltown Supersound. Earlier this year she covered Aaliyah.

“C.B.M stands for Colours, Beauty, Motion,” Owens told The FADER. “It’s related to the cosmic perspective of our planet. I was inspired by astronauts interpretations of the ‘Overview’ effect – which “is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.” The music represents in some way the motion of traveling around the planet at speed, that slightly lucid & disorientating experience as well as it being awe inspiring and maybe leaving you changed for good.”


4.

Peter Gabriel – ‘The Veil’

A new song taken from the movie Snowden.

Peter Gabriel’s new song was written for the upcoming Oliver Stone movie Snowden about you guessed it, Edward Snowden.

Gabriel worked with music supervisor Budd Car and was inspired by the story of Snowden. “As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important,” said Gabriel.

The 66 year-old musician came with an experimental electronic song that harks back to his work on 1980’s Melt album yet still sounds current, both lyrically and musically.


5.

Windings – ‘You’re Dead’

Limerick rockers return with an atmospheric single.

Windings are set to release the long overdue followup to 2012 Choice-nominated I Am Not The Crow at the end of September on Out On A Limb. Be Honest and Fear Not follows on from the dark and dank double singles ‘Stray Dogs’ and ‘Helicopters’. First single You’re Dead contains more light but not much as Steve Ryan sings ‘finding pain where once was pleasure, and pleasure in the abiding of pain”.

As featured in today’s Irish Times New Irish music column.


6.

Pional feat. Empress Of – ‘The Way That You Like’

A strong collaboration from the Barcelona producer’s new EP When Love Hurts.

Forthcoming on Ninja Tunes imprint Counter Records (September 30th), Pional and Empress Of get together to create a mesh of machines and human. Pional’s electronics surgically build through small synth stabs and rhythmic builds but Lorely Rodriguez brings heart to the tune. Do absolutely listen to ‘Casualty’ too.

7.

Hounded feat. Bamiyah – ‘Feel So Right’

Aussie electronic pop.

Australian producer Hounded put together this tropical-house tinged electronic R&B song with Californian singer/songwriter Bamiyah and it is countering the autumnal weather inbound for me today. It’s reminscent of Nao and Mura Masa’s work together. The song is out on Majestic Casual


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Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have returned as Sylvan Esso with their first bit of new music since their debut album in 2014.

‘Radio’ is the lead track of the new 12″ release on Lomo Vista along with ‘Kick Jump Twist’, a bouncy synth-pop of a track. It’s released in November physically and digitally tomorrow.

Posted on September 1st, 2016

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Tuesday June 9

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  • Sylvan Esso @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Electronic/pop] Triumphant return for the pair.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Basciville, CC Brez and more. 

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Festivals

  • B.A.R.E. In The Woods @ Portarlington, Co. Laois (€40+)
    [Festival] One day festival feat. Roots Manuva, Overhead The Albatross, little xs for eyes and more.

  • Olé Olé: A Pitchside Party @ Dalymount Park (€10, 2pm)
    [DJs] Pre-match DJ sets with DJ Deece, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Stephen Manning, Sally Cinnamon, Sol O’Carroll and Scotland vs. Ireland screening.
  • Dalkey Book Festival @ Dalkey (2:30pm, 4pm)
    [Talks] Conversations with Amanda Palmer and Paul mcGuinness.
  • Telephones Day Out—schoolyard & laneway party @ 2 venues (Noon – late, €12+)
    [Party] Sim Simma crew day party / Hunee DJs with DIP DJs, Louis Scully, Liam Maher, Joma & more
  • A4 Sounds’  Tropical Bizness BBQ & Yard Party @ St. Joseph’s Parade (2pm, Free)
    [BBQ]  barbecued foodstuffs, tropical-themed drinks, and DJs spinning laidback beats, funky 45s and cheesy tunage.
  • Youbloom festival @ Dame district venues (Free)
    [Festival]  Conference during day. Live music from Youth Mass, Fangclub, This Other Kingdom, Buffalo Sunn and more.
  • Paddy Hanna @ Bello Bar (€10)
    [indie/rock] launch of Austria / Cameraderie single on 7″. Joey Gavin support.
  • An Evening With Amanda Palmer @ The Academy (€28)
    [Solo]  Original songs, spoken word pieces, cover tunes, audience q and a’s and more.
  • Columbia Mills[email protected]’s (€12.50)
    [Rock] New Irish band with 90s tendencies.
  • Sense – Ø @ Button Factory (€10, 11pm)
    [Dance] Boiler Room. 3 hour set.
  • Encore!!! presents Hall and Oates (Live in Dublin) screening @ The Sugar Club (€10-€12.50, 9pm, WIN TICKETS)
    [Screening] Plus Groovement Soul, Johnny Moy and T/A/S/T/E DJs.
  • The Building Society presents Lee Foss @ Hangar (€15, €10)
    [Disco] Hot Creations Underground house and techno DJ.
  • Circus: Two Door Cinema Club DJ set @ The Academy (11pm, €10, €8 with cheaplist)
    [Club] Plus DJs Rigsy and Marcus, DJ Flip (I.T.F World Scratch Champion), Rock cover bands and more.
  • Pogo: Bodytonic present Andrew Weatherall @ The Twisted Pepper (€12, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] UK dance legend.
  • J.Phlip @ Opium Rooms (€10, 11pm)
    [Dance] Dirtybird. Say My Name
  • wcb social[email protected] Grand Social  (Free, 11pm)
    [DJs] White Collar Boy DJs.
  • DOGS @ Whelan’s (Midnight, Free on FB)
    [Indie] New song Drift.

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Three announcements from North American bands for the capital were announced today.

The excellent Sylvan Esso, who sold out the Workman’s Club last year are back on Tuesday June 9th for a gig in Whelan’s courtesy of MCD. Tickets €15+ on sale on sale next Wednesday, February 11th at 9am from Ticketmaster, digital or IRL.


Canadian indie-pop band Tops are back after their Workman’s show with a Hidden Agenda gig in Whelans for Wednesday May 6th. Tickets are €13+ from ABC tickets and ticketmaster.ie .


And another Whelan’s show, this time for indie-Americana band Lord Huron, courtesy of Harmonic with a gig on Saturday June 6th. Lord Huron has a new album called Strange Trails on the way. Tickets are €16.50 + on sale Thurs 12th Feb @ 9am from ticketmaster.ie .

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  • Guinness Amplify: I Heart The Monster Hero, Riot Tapes[email protected]’s (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: In The Willows, Chris Haze, Edisons[email protected]’s Bar (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: Overhead The Albatross, Heroes In Hiding, Animal Beats[email protected] Mercantile (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: Cornerboy @ Busker’s (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: The Crossfire, Gangs, Otherkin[email protected] The Grand Social (Free)
    [New irish music] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: Phazam Haze, Garr Cleary, Ain’t Saint John, Canaries, Ailbhe Reddy [email protected] Sweeney’s (Free)
    [New Irish music] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: Death In The Sickroom @ Brogan’s (Free)
    [New Irish music] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Electricitat 100 @ The Parlour Bar, Whelan’s (7pm)
    [Party] Tiny Magnetic Pets debut their new EP for the Radio Na Life 100th show celebration.
  • Brian Mooney, Margie Lewis @ The Joinery (€10, BYOB)
    [Calypso Rock] ” this current crop of songs seeks to keep the hope machine running with words and chords” / “improvised live set experimenting with vocals, instruments, delay, pitch, loops and beats”

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  • Guinness Amplify: Rocstrong, Brass Phantoms, Drisco [email protected] Dame Lane (Free but listed, 6:30pm)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: White Chalk, Bagels, Million Little Gods, The Quakers, Leading Armies[email protected] Sweeney’s (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Sean Nicholas Savage, Dear Desert @ Whelan’s (€12 , WIN TICKETS)
    [Folk/rock] Canadian singer-songwriter and ballad composer
  • Skinny Wolves: Sea Pinks, Women’S Christmas, Mr & My Dog @ Bello Bar (€10)
    [Rock] Launch of new Sea Pinks LP
  • Kevin Herm Connolly @Anseo (6:30pm, €5)
    [Residency] Launch of ‘Shotgun’
  • No Idle Day: Sound & Vision @ Kevin Barry Room, NCH (€15)
    [Young Hearts mini-festival]  Pat Collins discusses his work. Jim Carroll, Donal Dineen, Bill Drummond & more discuss their favourite records.
  • WIFE, Reid @ The Workman’s Club (€10)
    [Electronic] Two Cork electronic producers doing well internationally.
  • Time is Illmatic – Special Preview Screening @ The Sugar Club (WIN TICKETS , €10)
    [Screening/DJs]  Nas doc screening + Golden Era Hip Hop Sets from Handsome Paddy, This Greedy Pig (Greg) &
    Fionn O’Brien & Coty Smith.
  • Abstract presents: Darius[email protected] Rooms (€5, 11pm)
    [Dance] A mix of french house, hip-hop and balearic dance music
  • Melodic: Watergate: Sebo K, Matthias Mayer @ Button Factory (€15, 11pm )
    [Dance] Berlin club residents do a Dublin gig.
  • MUD: The Building Society present George Fitzgerald @ Twisted Pepper (€15, 10:30pm)
    [Dance]  High class house music. FACT Mix.
  • Bedlam presents: Klingande @ District 8 (€15, 11pm)
    [Dance] Crap sax house music. This is a warning.

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  • No Idle Day: Walk Away Renee @ Surprise location (€10, 11:30am)
    [Young Hearts mini-festival]  Musical walking tour with guests.
  • No Idle Day: Old Town  @ Marsh’s Library (€10, 2pm)
    [Young Hearts mini-festival]  Bill Drummond lecture, Niamh McCormack sings, Colin Barrett reads.
  • No Idle Day: Hidden Gems[email protected] & Dowlings (€10, 4:30pm)
    [Young Hearts mini-festival] The beauty of odd records with Peter Twoomey and Jonny Trunk.
  • Guinness Amplify: State’s Faces of: Leanne Harte, Ghosts, Dah Jevu, Annie Graham [email protected] Mercantile (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: Mannequin Sex Drive @ Arthur’s, Thomas Street (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Guinness Amplify: White Chalk, Bagels, Million Little Gods, The Quakers, Leading Armies[email protected] Sweeney’s (Free)
    [Pub gigs] Free gigs all over  city pubs this week.
  • Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ Whelan’s Upstairs (SOLD OUT)
    [Indie]  Fiddle-wielding virtuosic player.
  • No Idle Day: When you Love Music So Much @ City Assembly House, South William Street (€20, 7:30pm)
    [Young Hearts mini-festival]  Readings and music from Katie Kim, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock and Adrian Crowley.
  • Analogue Wave, Grim, Makings @ Bello Bar (€10)
    [Indie/electronic] Album Launch of a Dublin duo mixing dub with breakbeats, samples And synths.
  • #rabbleRuckus7: Post Workers Beer Blow Out @ The Pint (Free , 10pm)
    [DJs]  With Toirse of D1 and Front End Synthetics.
  • Kormac’s Big Band @ Button Factory (11pm, €18)
    [Hip-hop/electronic] launch of new Doorst2eps album.
  • Declan O’Rourke @ Vicar Street (€25)
    [Singer-songwriter] 10th anniversary of his debut album Since Kyabram
  • Grand Social 4th Birthday: Hot Sprockets, Fox Jaw  @ The Grand Social (€10, WIN TICKETS)
    [Rock] A celebratory headline show.
  • Pogo: Archetype present San Soda & Jereon Search @ Twisted Pepper (€15, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] The Belgian dude responsible for this bit of acappella ubiquity.
  • WCB social: Hystereo @ The Grand Social (Free, 11:30pm)
    [DJs] White Collar Boy’s DJ night returns.
  • Mother: Donal Dineen @ Copper Alley (€10, 11pm / €5 before 12)
    [Club] The legendary broadcaster and Rocky T Delgado.
  • Hidden Agenda: Fort Romeau, Get Down Edits @ Opium Rooms (€12, 11pm)
    [DJs] Solid nuanced house/disco music with great Wateeford disco edits support.
  • Dark Sky, Clu, Contour, Daire Carolan[email protected] 8 (€12/€15, 11pm)
    [Dance] Monkeytown Records. artist with good Irish support.

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Sylvan Esso, the duo of Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) have just released their debut self-titled album of charming indie/pop electronic tracks including personal favourites ‘Coffee’, ‘Mama’ and ‘Play It Right’.

Good timing so for the announcement of a debut Irish gig too then to happen in the Workman’s Club on Tuesday October 7th. Tickets are €13 excluding booing fees and they go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

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Here’s the new MS MR remix out today.

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Posted on May 22nd, 2014

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Tala – ‘Serbia’

Top quality rolling deep synth electronica from English/Iranian polymath TĀLĀ from her The Duchess EP.


2. Sylvan Esso – ‘Play It Right’

Two members from Mountain Man and Megafun team up on this new project. You might have heard ‘Coffee’ already, this is even better.


3.  MNEK – ‘Every Word You Say’

Funky pop solo single from the co-writer and vocalist of tracks from Rudimental to Little Mix to Gorgon City to Duke Dumont and A*M*E.


4. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’

Tropical percussive R&B from the Oxford band’s new album Zaba.


5. Daphni & Owen Pallett – ‘Julia’

A grimey dirty stringed-house collaboration on a new Jiaolong 12″ release.


6. Four Tet as Percussions – ‘ASCII Bot’

My favourite of the three new Four Tet/Percussion tracks released this week, probably cos it’s a mix of his melodic and dance side.


7. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’

Kilkenny’s Captain Moonlight teamed up with some of Dublin’s finest rappers for a song abut hurling and everything sounds well, better than a song about hurling and hip-hop should be. Great production by DJackulate and Danz.


8. Hundred Waters – ‘Xtalk’

Beautiful twinkling instrumentation and arrangement from the Waters’ second album The Moon Rang Like A Bell due on May 27th.


9. Imploded View – ‘Withering Heights’

New single from Longford producer Jerome McCormick aka Imploded View. ‘Withering Lights’ has a hypnotic groove that reminds me of the work of Fort Romeau. he plays Phase One this weekend.


10. Twin Shadow – ‘To The Top’

A divisive new single which sounds a bit like a Whitesnake ballad. Admirable.

Posted on April 18th, 2014

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OK it’s been a few weeks due to me being away so there’s some songs that are a few weeks old in here.

Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Ships – ‘Space Inside’

It’s their biggest track yet and one of my favourite songs of any country in the last while. It’s huge, stonking and sophisticated classic pop: squelched electro bass, radiant synths, disco production and McGrath’s classic eighties pop chorus propped by Cullen’s sage contrasting verses. It’s catchy and endlessly listenable – it’s been on my rotation constantly since last August and it’s brilliance hasn’t diminished.


2. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’

‘Coffee’ is the first single from an LP from one of Mountain Man & Megafaun. It’s a bubbly twinkling beat pop song. while ‘Play It Right’, that aforementioned song is pure happy weird-pop music.


3. Juce – ‘Call You Out’

A soulful sunshine pop jam from the London girl trio.


4. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’

Fine return for the band on their new EP Whigfield Sextape.


5. Krystal Klear – ‘Dance 7FS’

Another dancefloor weapon from the Manchester-based producer’s own label.


6. Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’

A squelch-funk boogie from a new 12″ forthcoming on Eglo Records.


7. Ben Khan – ‘Youth’

Upbeat Jai-Paulesque R&B soul pop from a London producer who has got lots of recogition of late. ‘Youth’ is the first single off his 1992 EP out in May.


8. Rhodes – ‘Your Soul’

For his new track, ‘Your Soul’, Rhodes has pulled out all the stops for a big soaring track that more closely resembles the kind of elegant soul pop that London Grammar have grown huge with.


9. Dustin Tebbutt – ‘Bones’

Might be uncomfortably close to Bon Iver for many but I’m digging this.


10. Ratking featuring King Krule – ‘So Sick Stories’

XL’s NYC rappers and the raspy English kid team up on a Rawkus-sounding jam from Ratking’s new album out in a week.

Posted on March 28th, 2014

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Mountain Man were a young trio of Appalachian folk singers who released their debut album back in 2010. They last appeared as backing singers for Feist but things had gone quiet since.

One of the trio, Amelia Meath stumbled into a new project after writing a song that didn’t fit into her old band. So she approached producer and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn. The pairing proved to be a fruitful one and they ended up making a debut album as Sylvan Esso.

‘Coffee’ is the first single from that self-titled LP, a bubbly twinkling beat pop song while ‘Play It Right’, that aforementioned song is pure happy weird-pop music. The album’s tracks falls between electro and pop with Meath’s emotive bright melodies. While I missed the band at SXSW, Jim recommended them live. The album is out in May.


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