Even NPR was able to “get up / get down” with Sylvan Esso‘s 2014 indie sensation, “Coffee,” featuring the track on their Songs We Love list that June; now, four years later, it’s topping DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine chart. The mellifluous melding of Amelia Meath’s Norah Jones-esque, light Soprano intonations with Nick Sanborn’s twinkling xylophone and bell chimes is the ideal backdrop for a comfy-cozy Sunday spent reading or wiggling one’s toes under the covers.
While Nick Murphy may have laid his Chet Faker alias to rest a few years back, his lengthy catalog of soulful downtempo and trip-hop remains. Let the long-winded, jazzy saxophone and languid vocal harmonies executed by Murphy himself on “Talk Is Cheap,” carry you to distant domains, away from workday woes.
Longtime Monstercat maven, Mr FijiWiji has since toned down his formerly fervent style, a departure exemplified on his most recent album, Lost Lost Lost, from which “Reality Is More Beautiful” arrives. While the song may tout arrestingly plaintive piano chords and somber strings, likely mirroring your end-of-weekend sentiments, the lyrics, embodied in the track’s title, introduce the promise of a halcyon love capable of brightening the dreariest quotidian weekdays.
It’s no difficult feat to fall sweet victim the ambient allure of a Liquid Stranger production. Pour a cup of cocoa in your favorite cat-themed mug and just “Dissolve.”
Madeaux flexed his profound sonic range and narrative predilection this year with his LIMBO EP, the vessel through which he dropped off “HIGHER.” A blissful exodus from his shadowy subterfuge, the track, with its rectifying progression and lush instrumentals, emulates eclipsing emotional mountain peaks—quite apropos for combatting those nagging Sunday scaries.
“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.