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New Video: The Strikingly Surreal Visuals for Sylvan Esso’s “Die Young”

Comprised of Mountain Man’s Amelia Heath (vocals, synths) and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn (synths, programming, production), the renowned indie electro pop electro pop duo Sylvan Esso have become JOVM mainstays and have dominated the rest of the blogosphere for a sound that’s radical departure for fans of Heath’s and Sanborn’s previous projects, as the duo have received attention for pairing Heath’s coquettish vocals with Sanborn’s slick, minimalist production featuring propulsive and undulating grooves, shimmering arpeggio synths and enormous, tweeter and woofer rocker beats.

If you had been frequenting this site around the end of last year, you’d likely recall that the duo released their “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start” single. “Radio,” a staple of their live sets and a fan favorite, revealed a brash, refinement of their sound as Heath has increasingly taken on a pop star persona — and as a result, her vocals contain a self-assured sultriness paired with Sanborn’s production taking on more of a dance floor/club-banger sound as arpeggio synths, wobbling low end and stuttering dum programming. “Jump Kick Start” the B side of the “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start” continues on a similar vein as the preceding single as Heath’s self-assured coos are paired with a stuttering and shuffling production featuring electronic bleeps and bloops, twinkling synths and analog crackling in what may be one of their most radio and dance floor-ready songs they’ve released to date. Interestingly, the “Radio”/”Jump” also managed to be a be a bit of a teaser for the sound fans and critics should expect to hear off the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore effort What Now.

Thematically, the album focuses on a critical question: where do we go now, as a culture when it feels as though everyone is standing at a precipice? And from the “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start” single, which interestingly enough are What Now’s first two singles, the material manages to possess the sort of urgency that many of us feel at this particular historical moment. Now, the album’s third and latest single “Die Young” is a moody, mid-tempo track that finds Heath’s self-assured vocals paired with a Sanborn production featuring enormous 808-style beats, stuttering drum programming, chopped and distorted vocal samples, swirling and ambient electronics in what may arguably be one of the duo’s more sobering songs; in fact, at various points, the song focuses on depression and uncertainty, the sense of every meaningful thing being fleeting and impermanent, that underneath every moment of short-lived joy, there’s a longer sense of anxiety over when that joy may end — or even if that moment of joy is worth it. It’s very much an adult song, grappling with the fact that life is usually complex, uncertain, confusing but in a moment in which everything feels upside down, backwards and reversed of not having a fucking clue as to what’s next; but knowing that you have to respond to the best of your abilities.

The recently released video follows the duo’s Amelia Heath stealing a distracted police officer’s car for a joy ride through the desert, where the video’s protagonist leaps off a cliff, presumably to kill herself — because she’s hopeless? because she’s lost her mind? The video leaves that interpretation up and what happens to our protagonist up to you.

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New Video: Sylvan Esso’s Visuals for “Kick Jump Twist” Expresses the Uncertainty of Our Current Moment

Towards the end of last year, the duo released the “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start” single — and if you had been frequenting this site around that time, you’d know that “Radio” had quickly become a staple of their live sets and a fan favorite, while being a brash, refinement of their sound as Heath’s vocals take on a self-assured sultriness paired with Sanborn’s propulsive, dance floor-friendly production featuring cascading layers of synths, wobbling low end and stuttering drum programming. “Jump Kick Start” the B side of the “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start” continues on a similar vein as the preceding single as Heath’s self-assured coos are paired with a stuttering and shuffling production featuring electronic bleeps and bloops, twinkling synths and analog crackling in what may be one of their most radio and dance floor-ready songs they’ve released to date.

Directed by Mimi Cave, the recently released music video follows a lithe and impressionist dancer, Gary Reagan, whose movements reflect a chaotic, uncertain energy. Interestingly, as the direct explains in press notes “We shot the video two days after the election, and we were all very much having our own processes with what had happened. Everything was so fresh that the crew’s moods were generally a mix of deer-in-headlights, sadness and anger. At the same time, we couldn’t help but feel a visceral excitement and connection to seeing Gary dance his heart out all day. It was like he was channeling all our chaotic energy into every take.”

Live Footage: Sylvan Esso Performs “Radio” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Comprised of Mountain Man’s Amelia Heath (vocals, synths) and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn (synths, programming, production) electro pop duo Sylvan Esso dominated the blogosphere two years ago — and in turn, became a JOVM mainstay for a sound that paired Heath’s coquettish vocals with a slick and somewhat sparse production featuring propulsive and undulating grooves, shimmering synths and big, tweeter and woofer beats that frequently made the material on their self titled debut sound as though it drew from the likes of Rubblebucket, Beacon and others.

Heath and Sanborn will be releasing their forthcoming sophomore full-length effort later this year, and the album’s latest single “Radio” has long been a staple of their live shows and a fan favorite. The song may arguably be the most brash song they’ve released while being a refinement and expansion of the sound that first caught attention as Heath’s sultry vocals are paired with a slickly propulsive and dance floor-friendly production consisting of layers of cascading synths, wobbling low end and stuttering drum programming. And as a result the song sounds as though it were nodding at Soft Metals‘ swooning and sensual Lenses and Giorgio Moroder.

Check out some live footage of the duo performing “Radio” on The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon. From watching it, it should give you a sense of what their live sets would be live, as they perform in front of an enormous countdown clock.

New Audio: JOVM Mainstays Sylvan Esso Return with a Dance-Floor Ready New Single

Heath and Sanborn return with the first bit of new material in two years with their latest single “Radio,” being the A side of the forthcoming “Radio”/”Jump Kick Start,” which is slated for an November 18 release. “Radio” has quickly become a staple of their live shows and a fan favorite — and interestingly enough, the song is arguably the most brash song they’ve released; but, it also manages to be both a refinement and expansion of the sound that first caught them attention. Heath’s sultry vocals are paired with a slickly propulsive and dance floor-friendly production consisting of layers of cascading synths, wobbling low end, stuttering drum programming, and as a result the song sounds as though it were nodding at Soft Metals’ swooning and sensual Lenses and Giorgio Moroder.

Growing up in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains to a family of teachers and educations, Julia Jacklin originally thought she would follow a similar path as a social worker; however, the young Jacklin chanced upon a documentary about Britney Spears  while on a family vacation that changed the course of her life. As Jacklin mentions in press notes “By the time Britney was 12, she’d achieved a lot. I remember thinking ‘Shit what I have done with my life? I haven’t achieved anything.’ So I was like ‘Mum, as soon as we get home from this holiday, I need to get singing lessons.”

As the story goes, classical singing lessons were the only kind a young Jacklin could take in the area, but she took to it; however, by the time she was in her teens the lack of her own personal expression and she quickly joined a high school band, in which she spent time singing Avril Lavigne and Evanescence covers. And as you can imagine, she was quickly hooked — and recognized that music was something she should consider.

Recognizing you have to take a creative path and figuring out which path it should be often comes about in a series of epiphanies and serendipitous events. Jacklin’s second major epiphany came after she had finished high school. While traveling through South America, she ran into high school friend and future collaborator Liz Hughes. Bonding over a love of indie, Appalachian folk trio Mountain Man, the duo started a band together, initially with Jacklin singing the songs that Hughes wrote. “I would just sing,” Jacklin explained in press notes. “But as I got my confidence I started playing guitar and writing songs. I wouldn’t be doing music now if it wasn’t for Liz or that band. I never knew it was something I could do.”

Recorded in New Zealand’s Sitting Room Studios with Ben Edwards, best known for his work with Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid, Jacklin’s forthcoming full-length debut Don’t Let The Kids Win is indebted to the influence of Fiona Apple, Anna Calvi while drawing heavily from folk, alt-country and classic country as you’ll hear on the album’s first single “Leadlight,” a single I recently stumbled on while writing about another single. And if you can imagine it, I stopped what I was doing at my cluttered desk and was immediately moved by the ancient ache in this young singer/songwriter’s voice  — an ache of lost and squandered chances, terrible decisions, lost loves and longing that manages to be both a bittersweet lament that has its narrator seemingly saying “how did I fuck that all up — again?” and the wisp of a smile over the fact that life is often embittering, messy and enchanting. Such wisdom in someone so young — the singer/songwriter is only 25 — is a rarity and with a voice that hints at Patsy Cline and others, I think we’ll be hearing quite a bit from Jacklin.

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http://teamcoco.com/embed/v/86172#playlist=x;eyJ0b3RhbCI6MTAsInR5cGUiOiJyZWxhdGVkIiwiaWQiOjg2MTk0fQ If you’ve been following JOVM for the past year or so, you’d remember coming across several posts about Sylvan Esso – a rather unique collaboration between Ameila Meath, lead vocalist of of folk group Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn, bassist […]