Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Sylvan Esso

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Some may not think that a voice as heartfelt and lush as Regina Spektor’s would pair well layered over winded harmonies and bold, thick electronic noise. Yet, North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso (Amelia Randall Meath and Nicholas Sanborn) make this combination work perfectly to create their own blissful sound. Luckily for AMBY, we had the chance of speaking with the dynamic duo about making an album, wolf-ism, touring with Minor Alps, and the inspiration of cat calling. Dig into the conversation here:

AMBY: Hey Sylvan Esso, cheers for speaking with us today. What’s the band been up to?

Sylvan Esso: Making new tunes for the record and having meetings and eating delicious foods.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Sylvan Esso: It’s pop music that you can dance to while thinking about your feelings.

AMBY: You recently wrote that you’re “working on an album and getting really stoked!” What can we expect to hear from the record?

Sylvan Esso: You will hear all sorts of songs covering various topics. These topics include:

wolf-ism, a society of women who grow their hair really long so they can tie their babies to themselves (like those baby wraps), and wishing to turn your lover into a whale and having them swallow you.

AMBY: What will the upcoming album be titled?

Sylvan Esso: Not sure yet. Trying to get over our habit of making up joke names that we fall in love with. Ex: Sylvan Yes/No.

AMBY: You soon have some shows opening for Minor Alps in November. What are you most looking forward to?

Sylvan Esso: Making new friends and playing in front of humans.

AMBY: Hey Mami is a wonderful song. What inspired it?

Sylvan Esso: Cat calling. The affectionate kind and the threatening kind.

AMBY: Where did the name Sylvan Esso come from?

Sylvan Esso: There is a game called sword and sworcery made by super bros. In it there are little guys called sylvan sprites. They sing. We named our band after them.

AMBY: And what other names had you considered for the band?

Sylvan Esso: Oh horrible ones. Hidden Pond.

AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?

Sylvan Esso: Juana Molina, Marvin Pontiac, Jai Paul, and Miss. Cyrus.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Sylvan Esso: The new Juana Molina record.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Sylvan Esso that nobody knows yet?

Sylvan Esso: The drip castle is our favorite piece of architecture. Every one.

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Thank you Sylvan Esso, for giving us your answers!

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