It's a week for musical duos. Two country-music twosomes perform at the Western Idaho Fair, Teach Me Equals is at The Shredder (see Listen Here, Page 22) and synthpop duo Sylvan Esso brings its entrancing sound to Neurolux.
With sweet-voiced Amelia Meath on vocals and Nick Sanborn behind the board, Sylvan Esso is currently making strides where many a band may never tread. Touring behind its self-titled debut release (Partisan, May 2014), Sylvan Esso is playing more sold-out shows than not. The duo also appeared recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, performing "Coffee." Stereogum called the performance with bandleader ?uestlove sitting in on drums "endearingly gawky but also self-assured," saying the pair "sounded great." Indeed they did. Meath's voice is hypnotic, and she treats a lyric as frivolous as "my baby does the hanky panky" with the same gravity as one more unsettling, such as "do you love me?" while Sanborn's fingers fly across dials, knobs, post and buttons with deftness and artistry, creating melodies and beats that are compelling, interesting and insanely addictive.