If you aren’t familiar with Sylvan Esso you are about to hear something so different and yet, somehow familiar. Some amazingly creative use of the wide range of sonic expression available on modern electronic instruments and great danceable songs. I’ve seen them live twice already and would go back anytime. I love the picture I got of them – see above. Definitely one of my current favorites. This playlist is a good way to get to know them.
The Glow – Just watch – remember – and live dangerously!
Coffee – This is a fairly straightforward beat but played in such an interesting way with subtle electronic beats that turn up the heat as the song builds. Go with the electricity.
Radio – Like many before them, including Elvis Costello in his “Radio, Radio”, Sylvan Esso express their dislike for some of the rules of the radio business. In the video you’ll see an ironic look at “Instagram Culture”. In the lyrics you’ll hear “three point three oh”. 3 minutes and 30 seconds is the expected length of a pop song. They played it live with a 3:30 countdown clock behind them ending exactly on zero. In the meantime this really did get a lot of airplay on the radio and was the hit of their recent album. Why? It’s because it’s a great song with a great danceable beat. Win.
Kick, Jump, Twist – Amazing song to get your feet moving to. It builds up to big crowd-pleasing hard pumping sounds, then practically disappears, and returns and disappears and the beat never stops.
You Tube playlist: Sylvan Esso
Spotify playlist: Sylvan Esso