Sylvan Esso has been an obsession of mine since they released their self-titled album in May 2014 because this band combines two of my favorite genres of music that I would have never guessed could blend so perfectly together. Leader singer, Amelia Meath who is a indie-folk singer from the Mountain Man, combined forces with Nick Sanborn who is an bassist for Megafaun to create a sound that combines the best aspects of both genres. Meath’s voice seems to dance along rhythmically to the beats that Sanborn produces as she often makes up sounds that match perfectly to Sanborn’s beats. One of my favorite songs from the album is “Dreamy Bruises,” and this song is a perfect example of Meath’s playful voice.
Meath ends the song with the repetition of:
Fill me like a song do
At first listen, her lyrics seem to be nonsensical, melodic words strung together for their poetic sound, but watching the music video as well as reading the lyrics alone helped me to come to the conclusion that this song is comparing being with someone who is a good fit for you to the sensation that a person gets when they listen to a song they love and the pleasure that it brings to them. She is comparing the common feeling of joy between these two experiences and how it seems to fill a person up.
This band has received a lot of acclaim for their self-titled album from being featured on Pitchfork’s Top Albums of 2014 and NPR’s First Listen, so they will be featured on some of the biggest festivals in America this year as well as having a national tour. This is a band that you definitely don’t want to miss.