My favorite song from the summer of 2018 came out in January.
As impossible to pronounce as it is not to love, “PARAD(w/m)E” builds delightfully on last summer’s What Now. It’s a track all about making the best of life’s wintry moments- Summer, as we learn from the dark lyrics and bubbly aesthetic of “PARAD(w/m)E”, is a state of mind, a never ending parade, if you make it so.
Since their inception in 2014, North Carolina electro folk duo Sylvan Esso has made a career of contradiction. Their often ultra simplistic lyricism tends to lend itself to much bigger ideas. Their sound is often silky, almost bubblegum- at other times melancholy, at it’s best, it’s all of the above.
Amelia Meath’s syrup sweet voice, which once found its home in Appalachian folk-harmony outfit Mountain Man, isn’t exactly what you’d expect accompanied by Nick Sanborn’s infectious synth and drum machine. Critics love it. So do little kids. It just works.
Sylvan Esso is touring extensively this spring and summer. You can check out their website for a full list of venue and festival appearances. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest this summer, a great time is sure to be had when the duo takes the outdoor stage at the lovely Edgefield Ampitheater, for their largest Portland show to date. Tickets available (38.50 ADV) here or at the Crystal Ballroom Box Office.
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Cover Photo Courtesy Of Sylvan Esso’s Facebook Page