“Slave to the radio,” Sylvan Esso sings, nearly shouting at points on the duo’s early-2017 hit single, “Radio.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek pop tune, a scathing review of the music industry at large, and not to mention, Sylvan Esso’s biggest radio hit to date, though Cut Copy‘s new version is anything but.
Cut Copy’s remix is far removed from the world of the radio. “Radio?” Cut Copy seems to ask, only to answer with a sonic embodiment of the “I haven’t heard that name in years” meme.
Reversing the total taste vacuum that radio so creates, comes Cut Copy’s own version with scintillating synths and billowing grooves that build on each other even halfway through the song with the least of its concerns being the radio.
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Sylvan Esso‘s sound has always been praised for its impactful simplicity. This past April, the pair — made up of beatmaker Nick Sanborn and singer Amelia Meath — released their sophomore album What Now, adding to their mellifluous catalog of music and highlighting their striking idiosyncrasy. Around the time of the record’s release, the duo collected themselves in a North Carolina studio along with a few other musicians to conduct an intimate live performance — now to be revealed in full as their forthcoming visual Echo Mountain Sessions EP on July 28th.
Sylvan Esso made the announcement with the first of five songs and videos that NPR will feature daily leading up to the release. Each premiere will highlight a stripped down version of various tracks from their What Now album, all performed by Sylvan Esso and various bandmates from Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Man and Megafaun. If the first video is any indication of the release, this new visual EP will be a momentous encapsulation of the duo’s accomplished musicality.