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From Durham, North Carolina’s are Loamlands who have announced their debut release, “Some Kind Of Light”, an EP of stirring Americana and Southern rock tunes penned by Kym Register and Will Hackney. The duo have collaborated for years, and the newly formed Loamlands provides a platform for each musician to express contemporary ideas through an array of Southern musical styles. Lead vocalist Kym Register delivers powerful tales of perseverance, justice and uncertainty, frequently blurring the lines between the personal and the political. Recorded in 3 days in rural North Carolina with members of Megafaun and Lost in the Trees serving as rhythm section, Some Kind Of Light is an essential introduction to one of North Carolina’s most exciting new bands. This record is going to be huge , remember I told you about them first .

The EP will be out September 24th on Trekky Records,




Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun/Made of Oak’s Nick Sanborn represent a study of contrasts. Together as Sylvan Esso, they create synthy pop songs falling somewhere between Poliça, tUnE-yArDs and Autre Ne Veut.

Starting off as part of the Appalachian-inspired trio Mountain Man, Meath brings a strong folk influence to Sylvan Esso. Her melodies are unwavering; she conjures a new one in each song using her soft and soothing voice against Sanborn’s beats and production. And Sanborn, who played bass with Megafaun and recently started experimenting with electronic music and producing under the name Made of Oak, juxtaposes her vocal purity with deep dubstep, jarring counter-rhythms and the kind of buzzing that household electronic devices seem to emit before they explode and sizzle in defeat. Under Sanborn’s direction, her voice becomes malleable—sometimes an echo of itself and other times a wordless source of harmonic veneer.


As a result, Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut is as cerebral as it is sexy. “H.S.K.T.,” the most uptempo on the record, works equally well in a club as it does through headphones. The opening “Hey Mami” serves as commentary on neighborhood catcalling; each time Meath adds another verse or repeats a chorus, Sanborn layers on another bubbling rumpus beneath her clear soprano. “Could I Be,” with Meath’s delay-pedal addled voice creating triplets against itself, coyly alternates between soft subtlety and bold advances.

Sylvan Esso set themselves apart from the synth-pop crowd with their unique take on the style, blending components of folk and electro-pop in a way that works. The duo’s piercing beats and swirling synth melodies serve to both highlight and obscure Amelia Meath’s voice within layers of electronic lushness that gives the album a warm and inviting touch And so the whole album feels like jigsaw puzzle of disparate genres fitting together in strange and lovely ways. In fact, it might just be the greatest crossover sleeper success of the year.

Sylvan Esso bought together some freinds from favoured bands Lambchop’s William Tyler,and  members from Megafaun and Field Report, for an intimate concert performing songs from the album “Wolf” the former Mountain Man member shared acoustic versions intimate and arresting the footage is shot in black and white,

getting a lot of praise for the previewed tracks so far , the new project from Amelia Meath of the famed folk trio Mountain Men, and Nick Sanborn of the North Carolina band Megafaun.
Minimal electronic Pop and Synth sounds shimmering with laptop beats with unfurling harmonies.