Sylvan Esso: “Coffee” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Sylvan Esso: “Coffee” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2015 artists.

Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath got her start with Mountain Man, an a cappella trio that crafted a few gorgeous albums and wound up touring as Feist’s backup singers. Meath uses both of those styles and experiences with Nick Sanborn, her Sylvan Esso bandmate. Sometimes she’s hushed; sometimes she’s big and bold. It’s this divide that makes Sylvan Esso stand out from most of their electro-pop peers.

“Coffee” is the duo’s breakout hit from their self-titled debut album, one of my favorites of last year. What makes the song so captivating is its sparseness. It’s futuristic while still sounding human and vulnerable. Download a Studio 1A version of the song below, and listen to another song from the session here.

–Art Levy

Catch Sylvan Esso at ACL Fest 2015:

*Sunday, October 4, 3:30 p.m., Miller Lite stage

*Thursday, October 8, 8 p.m., Emo’s Austin (official ACL Late Night Show)

*Sunday, October 11, 3:30 p.m., Miller Lite stage