Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn may have cut their teeth in bands that tended toward country and folk, but there’s not a trace of that in their work as Sylvan Esso, the duo’s brightly-lit dance-pop reinvention. You can hear elements of similarly minded acts, like Purity Ring and even Grimes, but there’s something subtler and more mysterious about Sylvan Esso. Maybe it’s Meath’s voice, a shadowy alto that glides across Sanborn’s icy, minimal production. Each song feels like a curled finger extending from the shadows, beckoning you into darkness. Much of that mood comes across in the video for “Coffee,” an eeire, Lynchian slow-mo documentation of the world’s weirdest Saturday night dance party.
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