I never thought electronic music could be combined so well with folksy singer-songwriter melodies, but Sylvan Esso’s self-titled album has managed to create a beautiful combination of those genres.

Sylvan Esso’s music is described as electronic folk-pop as they collaborate elements of singer-songwriter lyrics and sound with electronic beats.SYLVAN_ESSO-self_titled-900x900

The band was formed in North Carolina in 2013. Amelia Meath, member of an indie folk band, Mountain Man, sought out electronic producer, Nick Sanborn, to remix a song she wrote called, “Play It Right.” Their collaboration created such raw, beautiful music they knew they had to continue.

Sylvan Esso’s music is equipped with pleasant high notes and a quirkiness that reminds me of singer-songwriter, Regina Spektor along with the spunkiness of alternative musician, Sallie Ford, all twisted with an electronic-pop kick.

Though their music seems simple and repetitive, their lyrics and slight melancholy tunes suggest emotional complexities.

The first track “Hey Mami,” kicks off the album with a nearly a cappella intro, before it slides into a catchy electronic twist.

But it’s songs like “Wolf” and “Coffee” that really make this album, though both are very different, they are a great examples of the mesmerizing, earnest quality of the band.

The last track, “Come Down” is a perfect ending to the album. Not only is it a great contrast to the upbeat songs at the beginning, it also seems to be a continuation of the first song with lyrics like “Hey Mami, won’t you come down to the river to wait?”

I recommend this album to anyone who’s looking for something more in the singer-songwriter or indie folk music genres. I give this album four stars.

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