Posted in music | tour dates on May 20, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Sylvan Esso

They met in 2012, when Sanborn's solo act, Made of Oak, opened for Mountain Man in Milwaukee. Sanborn was entranced by Meath's distinctive singing and onstage charisma, while she was equally taken by his dense beats, influenced by maverick hip-hop acts like Madvillain. The two bonded over Aaliyah, Aphex Twin and the quirky alt-pop duo They Might Be Giants.

After corresponding for half a year, Meath asked Sanborn to remix a Mountain Man song, which evolved into the first Sylvan Esso composition, "Play It Right." The end result mixes the off-center vocal layering of Dirty Projectors with the fractured rhythms of Timbaland. Idiosyncratic yet hooky, it's one of those songs you'd never expect to hear on the radio that actually might get played on the radio.

"That's the goal - making honest pop music about real things, that's accessible but sounds however we sound." - [New York Times]

Sylvan Esso (aka Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn) released their debut album last week via Partisan and if you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Rdio.

The band are about to hit the road with tUnE-yArDs, including two sold-out shows at NYC's Webster Hall next month. After that wraps up, it looks like Sylvan Esso will be on their own headlining tour and, while, there's been no announcement yet, they are playing NYC's Bowery Ballroom on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (5/21) at noon. If the crowd's amped reaction to them at the Governors Ball preparty a couple weeks is any indication, Sylvan Esso are ready for it.

All current Sylvan Esso dates are listed below...

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Sylvan Esso - 2014 Tour Dates
05/26/14 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert ^
05/27/14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge ^
05/28/14 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre ^
05/30/14 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre ^
05/31/14 New Orleans LA Republic New Orleans ^
06/03/14 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
06/05/14 Los Angles, CA The Fonda Theatre ^
06/06/14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ^
06/13/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ^
06/15/14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer ^
06/16/14 Boston, MA Royale Boston ^
06/18/14 Montreal, QC La Tulip ^
06/22/14 New York, NY Webster Hall ^
06/23/14 New York, NY Webster Hall ^
09/12/14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
^ w/ tUnE-yArDs

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Comments (7)

Lady got sole.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 6:43 PM

spring break forever, y'all ...

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 7:06 PM

Brooklyn Vegan: The Honest Pop Edition.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 12:30 AM

you are cool

Posted by launch x431 scanner | May 21, 2014 3:44 AM

record is great. they're not re-inventing the wheel or anything, but solid from beginning to end. she's got some pipes for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 10:15 AM

You might want to learn the meaning of your little metaphor before you misuse it, 10:16.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 11:03 AM

Their music are quite great and it is always the basis pf having a good career on the entertainment world.

Posted by Missed Fortune | June 9, 2014 6:20 AM

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