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  • Artist(s): Amelia Meath, Nicholas Sanborn
  • Summary: This is the debut full-length folk-influenced electronic release from the North Carolina duo of Mountain Men's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn.
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  • Record Label: Partisan
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Coffee
True, it's a dance, we know the moves The bow, the dip, the woo Though the words are true The state is old news Wrap me in your arms I can't feel it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 20, 2014
    93
    Sylvan Esso is as cerebral as it is sexy.
  2. May 19, 2014
    80
    Mr. Sanborn’s programming and production ground these songs in a range of textures, borrowing from techno, electro-pop and dubstep. He’s sensitive to the needs of the vocals, and supple with his touch.
  3. May 29, 2014
    80
    The folk elements lend Sylvan Esso a calm, and a daytime splendour, but Sanborn’s dance-oriented production, especially on the more electronic tracks, are set to be perfect 2am jams. This LP is the complete package.
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    78
    Electro quips work alongside Meath's measured soprano, both perfectly scaled and bigger than the sum of their parts.
  5. May 16, 2014
    75
    It’s synthpop for people who like folk, emphasizing the human rather than the robotic.
  6. May 15, 2014
    70
    Sylvan Esso would be an impressive statement for a long-established act, but considering it’s a first step for this duo, there may be no ceiling for an act that can rumble the dancefloor like this.
  7. May 28, 2014
    62
    Sylvan Esso is feel-good music on all fronts, and when it comes time to throw on something at a summer gathering that’ll make people feel slightly hipper than they were when they arrived, Sylvan Esso will be a go-to. But it’ll still feel like I’m living in a beer commercial, someone else's idea of an inclusive, hip summer day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Mar 9, 2017
    10
    This album is great, the music is fantastic, i've been listening to them since 2014 and i don't think i will stop anytime soon. Sylvan EssoThis album is great, the music is fantastic, i've been listening to them since 2014 and i don't think i will stop anytime soon. Sylvan Esso just began their carrer and i'm looking forward on the next thing they launch. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2015
    3
    There is a lack of art and creativity with the redundancy and repetition. Sad to have to hear this on our airwaves when there is so much moreThere is a lack of art and creativity with the redundancy and repetition. Sad to have to hear this on our airwaves when there is so much more quality to behold by the ears. Expand