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Sylvan EssoPlay It Right [Best Fit Premiere]
Just under a month before their album release date, North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso debut their beautiful new single, “Play It Right,” today on Best Fit.
When we think about the fundamental parts that make a band great, often that sparkle factor is some intangible that even the most beautiful of words struggle to define it. For Sylvan Esso, the duo made up of Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn, the ability to hold onto their folksy, harmony-driven roots while evolving into a completely new sound steeped in electronic production is like a glimpse into music’s future…without all the harsh and polarizing side effects.
The pair’s highly anticipated self-titled release is due out next month on Partisan Records, and has us guessing as to how all the moving parts of the band’s three extraordinarily unique singles will translate to an album. But don’t let your mind stray and the comparisons get you caught up; Sylvan Esso, in their own right, are worth every bit of your focus.
Entrenched in bass heavy fervour and kaleidoscopic drips of layered percussion is the album’s third, and most exuberant single, “Play It Right.” Razor sharp synths play a game of cat and mouse while delicate sing-song vocals progress the track along, just before breaking it apart once more.
It’s all just in time. This is the big single you know they’ve been holding onto; holding onto until the last bit of winter has melted and given way to that rushing feeling that you get when you realise spring has finally arrived.
Sofar London caught up with the band to capture a live version of “Play It Right”. Watch it below.
Partisan Records will release “Play It Right” on 26 May. Sylvan Esso is out on 2 June, pre-order here.
Night MovesCountry Queen
Getting back to my folky roots. Love this.
My interview with Alt-J (for Yours Truly’s Pen Pal Series) + “Tessellate” Video
In the time before cellphones and text messaging, gchat and Airtime, it’s not that we had less to say, there were just less ways to say it. We couldn’t overshare if we wanted to. When you think about it, penpals are the original Facebook. A way to connect with people you have known your whole life, or maybe met just once, but you want to get to know better. It’s not so much the words that are meant to be looked at, it’s what’s in between the lines that makes all the difference. That was just the result whenThom from Alt-J shared with us some insight into the band, their music, and his thoughts on the world today in a Yours Truly style penpal correspondence.
Here’s how it went down, YT sent some questions and Alt-J sent back a letter with some answers. Enjoy!
Here’s the part I couldn’t put on Yours Truly:
Fuck genres and fuck jam bands, here’s to the future of music. Introducing Alt-J
So i think one of the defining aspects of Alt-j, is (ironically) the fact that it’s incredibly difficult to define your sound. So if you had to describe Alt-j’s sound as a food or dish, what would you pick and why?
Can you talk about your sound a bit and how it pulls from just about everywhere?
When it comes to genres, people have tried to put you guys in pretty much every genre imaginable. What do you think of music genres? Do you think genres are becoming less important, or they are just being redefined?
Most outlandish description of Alt-j’s music you’ve seen so far?
What does it feel like to be compared to Radiohead?
After the third listen through of The Human Fly’s Everything Hurts All The Time, I was finally able to shake that overwhelming urge to say, “Woah, this guy is like a not dead version of Kurt Kobain…” adding this bone dry quality to his sound, reminiscent of bands like Modest Mouses’ Ugly Cassanova project, and more recently Bronson…that makes his words feel all too real. Like this acoustic, folk feeling that Nirvana was amazing at creating, but only allowed the world to catch glimpses of every now and then.
I don’t know what there is to be depressed about in Connecticut, the lobster isn’t sweet enough? The lakes are too calm and picturesque? Maybe the drugs are just better there, because whatever synthetic raincloud this guy induced to create a gloomy melancholic effect, you’d gladly take comfort in for more than a while, I want some.
Have really been diggin’ deep into the recently dropped EP by San Diego, turned New Yorker Chris Braciszewski’s project Snuffaluffagus.
Chris describes this record as “An exploration of free jazz and Asian folk music with in the confines of math rock. With the lyrics telling a bit more about the stories that surfaced while thinking about those styles of music.” This track in particular references The Sound of Music and Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things”. It’s such a wonderfully odd experiment of sound and noise relationships, you need at least ten listens before you get anywhere with this EP, but believe me, it’s well worth the effort, guy is brilliant.
Like so many love stories gone awry, so this one goes, boy meets girl, boy falls instantly in love. That affection is not reciprocated, but misconstrued as so. Patrick Everman tells his story much better than I can. His release of Paper Tusk is something I have really been looking forward to. This album is much more than some songs lumped together and released. It’s a story, a painful story of love, loss and vulnerability. The story of Paper Tusk below sets the stage for this album to be heard.. Really incredible stuff.
Bronson is the solo project of Patrick Everman who currently resides in the frigid cascades of Washington. His debut full-length album,“Paper Tusks” placates an array of emotions from amorous desperation to childlike fervor atop the ebb and flow of rippled guitars and throbbing drums. Highs and lows aside, one thread remains throughout, his deep seeded desire for something that he cannot have, something that he pushed away; love. Present but not overbearing, Bronson’s tired yearning melts and cools into brittle, sullen, paper tusks.
Recording Paper Tusk was no easy task, before traversing through closed mountain passes to Nick Wilbur and Phil Elvrim’s small converted church in Anacortes Washington, Everman had spent months preparing to record songs he had composed for a woman he had met and come to adore only a few weeks prior who was seeing another man. Shortly before leaving to Anacortes he proposed, and she suggested that they never see one another. The next day Everman entered the freezing studio awash with malaise, which resulted in him cutting over half of his prepared material, and recording anew on the spot. After four days of recording he decided to compile footage of his once love and prepare a few short films set to the music he had just recorded, which have just been released here;
Read what I said about Bronson in my previous post HERE.
Cass is back on tour promoting his sophomore album Humor Risk, out on Domino Records. Lots of 90s nostalgia, a bit of the Shins, and obvious comparisons to Morrissey. Pumped to check out his live set as I’ve been a fan for some time now.
Lord Huron Man Who Lives Forever Rollo Grady Session mp3 + Video
Take a listen to the latest track from one of the greatest bands to come out of Los Angeles in the last couple years, Lord Huron. This track is a stunningly raw and beautifully mastered star in a sea of sparkling gems. This is by far my favorite Lord Huron session. Fantastic work by Carter Smith of Rollo Grady.
Without a doubt one of my favorite bands. This live living room performance is just another reason to love them. So much more than just dream pop Americana, their sound incorporates, grunge, rock, folk, and soul while maintaining a simplicity that awe-inspiring.
Guards reminds me of that movie Pleasantville. Life in a 1950’s black and white world is just peachy, until two teenagers paint the city red with their, well…stimulating influence. Two worlds colliding to make musical symmetry. Love this band…
Sacred Animals vs Owensie Cat and Mouse mp3 + Video
As of late, it seems I have fallen in love with the music of Ireland. Just in the last few months I have been introduced to so many wonderful artists, I’m beginning to feel guilty that I’ve never actually visited. One of the artists that has captured my attention is Darragh Nolan of Sacred Animals. His latest remix illicit themes and feelings of despair, tragedy and loss, really a beautiful extension of a very personal original track. Says Darragh,
"I honestly didn’t know the story behind the track until I was finished the mix, although listening over & over as you do when mixing something the lyrics more than likely led the direction of the sound. Rather than chop it up completely & make something new out of it I really wanted to remain sympathetic to the song while placing it in a different soundscape. When I heard the story behind the lyrics afterwards the mix actually started to make more sense. I still haven’t actually met Owensie in person."
Music is powerful like that. It can convey mutual feelings between individuals without them ever even meeting.
The ability to create a mood, explore concepts and stir up feelings you didn’t even know you had, is truly an art. Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost clearly has mastered this craft. The brains behind Sacred Animals remix of Ownsie video, Brendan is able to capture fragility and brutality, while creating a snapshot that exposes a variety of human emotions, without coming right out and saying it. Watch the video for “Cat and Mouse” below:
I encourage you to listen to the original track by OwensieHERE, and read The Guardian’s report on the tragic suicides the song is about HERE.