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From the Vault: Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso in Studio A (photo by Deirdre Hynes/WFUV)

Sylvan Esso in Studio A (photo by Deirdre Hynes/WFUV)

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In June 2014, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn had just released their self-titled debut album as Sylvan Esso a month earlier. They were riding high with a mellow, smoothly caffeinated single called "Coffee," never possibly anticipating how big their band would become.

Since their first FUV Live session six years ago, Meath and Sanborn have gotten married, toured the States (and the world) multiple times, and released What Now in 2017, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

Another project, 2017's visual Echo Mountain Sessions EP, reexamined What Now with a full band comprised of pals from the Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Meath's other band, Mountain Man, and more. That experience eventually led to last autumn's week-long WITH tour, six live performances at four venues: Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York's Beacon Theatre, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and the Durham Performing Arts Center in North Carolina. For the performances, Meath and Sanborn expanded Sylvan Esso into a 10-piece ensemble, featuring friends like Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Hand Habits' Meg Duffy.

A concert documentary of WITH, filmed in Durham, was released in April accompanied by a live album, which gets a vinyl release this week.

This FUV Live session with Meath and Sanborn so long ago remains one of my favorite conversations with any band. In addition, they kick out a stellar live versions of "H.S.K.T." and "Coffee" too. We'll feature those songs today on WFUV, and you can hear the whole thing in the FUV Live Vault.

[Recorded: 5/4/14]

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