Sylvan Esso performing in Hamburg, Germany, in 2015
|Origin||Durham, North Carolina, United States|
|Labels||Trekky, Partisan, Dine Alone, Loma Vista Recordings|
Sylvan Esso is an American electronic pop duo from Durham, North Carolina formed in 2013. The band consists of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Made of Oak). They made their debut with the single "Hey Mami" and released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records on May 12, 2014 , which reached No. 39 on the Billboard 200. Since then they have released three further singles and toured internationally.
Lead singer Amelia Meath, who was at the time involved with her trio, Mountain Man, created the vocals to the song called "Play It Right". She later met electronic music producer Nick Sanborn in Milwaukee at the Cactus Club, performing at the time solo as Made of Oak, and asked him to make a rendering of her single, Play It Right, in his own way. From 2012 to 2013, the band slowly formed. Meath had returned from a year-and-a-half tour with Feist and was looking for an affordable place to live, thus landing in Durham with Nick and began making their album, with all of their songs being recorded in Nick Sanborn's apartment bedroom. Sanborn expressed that his music "sync[ed] seamlessly with Meath's melodies, so that the respective words and beats bec[ame] a string of ready-to-play singles."
Sylvan Esso is the group's eponymous debut studio album, released May 12, 2014 via Partisan Records. The album reached No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and No. 7 on the Independent Albums chart, and as of November 2014 has sold 39,000 copies. The single "Hey Mami" was named Paste Magazine's No. 1 song of 2014. They made their network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 9, 2014, performing the single "Coffee". It received considerable airplay in the US, increasing the profile of the band nationally. In August 2015, the band released the single "H.S.K.T.", which included a remix by Hercules and Love Affair.
The band's first tour, the Sylvan Esso Spring 2015 US Tour began on December 30, 2014, in the Phillip Island, Australia Circuit. They continued to tour in Australia until their January 3, 2015, show in Northcote, Australia. The tour ended April 25, 2015, in Vancouver. They went to Europe until March 2, traveling from Lille to Munich and even to Amsterdam. On March 21, 2015, the band brought the tour back to North America, playing Washington, D.C. Also in April 2015, Sylvan Esso played both weekends of Coachella. Other 2015 dates saw the band perform at The Firefly Music Festival 2015, in Dover, DE, The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 18 and on July 25 at the Wayhome Festival in Oro Medonte, Canada. Sylvan Esso played on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois. The group also performed both weekends of the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
In September 2016 the band released the single "Radio" back to back with "Kick Jump Twist". A video for the latter appeared in January 2017. In late February the group released the single "Die Young" along with a music video and an announcement regarding their new album, titled What Now.
On April 28, 2017, the band released their second studio album What Now on Loma Vista Recordings. The album received mostly positive reviews. In May 2017, they performed at the Boston Calling Music Festival. The duo began their What Now US 2017 Tour on May 13, 2017. The tour will end in November 2017.
On November 28, 2017 the album received a Grammy nomination in the category "Best Dance/Electronic Album."
They are scheduled to perform at Eaux Claires in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in June 2017, the Melt! Festival in Ferropolis, Germany and the Citadel Festival in London, United Kingdom in July 2017. They also performed at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England, in July 2017.