by Tarik Moody
This week's download comes from a duo that has Milwaukee ties. Sylvan Esso, which consists of Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Decibully) and Amelia Meath (Mountain Man), recently released their self-titled debut album.
Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.
You can download the song "Play It Right" from their debut album. You have 7 days to grab this free download before it goes away. Sylvan Esso will be playing Milwaukee on June 28 at the PBR/Burnheart's Street Party in Bay View.