Sylvan Esso - Uncatena
This song and this band mean a lot to me. This album takes on a new life when you’re away from home for a long time. The words suddenly take meaning of longing for familiar faces, distant love, the tale of living on the road…I couldn’t help but tear up one time listening to this song on my road trip through Europe because I was exhausted, hadn’t heard english in a month, hadn’t seen my boyfriend in 6 weeks, and it quickly reminded me of the few things I missed about home. I think it’s mainly the last lyric, All I want from you is a letter / And to be your distant lover / That is all that I can offer at this time.
As for the band, Sylvan Esso is a band that’s gained a lot of steam in a short amount of time. They’re from right here in lil old NC, a few miles down I-40 from me in Durham. If you aren’t familiar with them, you may have been living off the grid this summer because they’ve been blowing up charts for NPR and music blogs, were reviewed by Pitchfork, and went from opening for The Love Language to playing on Jimmy Fallon in a matter of 6 months. Amelia Meath began as a backup singer for the likes of Feist before meeting Nick Sanborn when he opened for her folk trio, Mountain Men. Sanborn played in the NC band Megafaun. I’ve seen Sylvan Esso perform live twice, one was a winter formal themed concert, and the other was their album release party, and both were stunning performances. I’m happy to live in such an incredible community of musicians, and I’m glad that the rest of the world is starting to take notice (I got really excited when I saw their album in the front window of a record shop in Berlin). Anyway, check them out and fall in love!