This Is: Sylvan Esso


Sylvan Esso, a electronic duo from Durham, North Carolina, will be performing at MASS MoCA on March 31.

The band consists of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, both doing the instrumentals. Together, they form an entrancing sound not quite like anything else out there.

In 2014, they released their first studio album, which hit No. 39 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 7 on the Independent Albums chart. Their singles “Hey Mami” and “Coffee” off the album both made big splashes with “Hey Mami” being named Paste Magazine’s No. 1 song of 2014 and “Coffee” making their network television debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in July 2014.

They went on their Sylvan Esso Spring 2015 US Tour in December 2014, which ended in April of 2015. The tour started in Phillip Island, Australia and ended in Vancouver, Canada, but stopped in Europe hitting Lille, Munich and even Amsterdam. They also hit the United States playing both weekends of Coachella, The Firefly Music Festival and even  Lollapalooza over the summer.

In April 2017, the band released their second studio album, “What Now,” which received mostly positive reviews from critics. They started their What Now US 2017 Tour on May 13, 2017. The tour was originally set to end in November 2017, but luckily for us, they are throwing in a show at MASS MoCA in March.

Currently MASS MoCA’s website states that tickets are no longer available, but you can contact the box office to be wait listed for the event.