Watch Members of Mountain Man and Megafaun Go Dance-Pop As Sylvan Esso

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.27.14 in News

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.