Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso (10:00 PM)

Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family) (9:00 PM)

Fri, August 22, 2014

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $13.00 / Day of Show Tix $15.00

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This event is all ages

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Sylvan Esso - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written
a song called ³Play It Right² and sung it with her trio Mountain Man.
She¹d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made
of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked
him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory
remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a
one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the
first time he felt he¹d added to the raw material without subtracting from
it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he¹d found
his new collaborator without even looking.
Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012
slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic
hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good
food. Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut‹a
collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and
deliverance‹arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs
that don¹t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
These 10 tunes were realized and recorded in Sanborn¹s Durham bedroom
during the last year, an impressive feat considering the layers of
activity and effects that populate them‹the dizzyingly crisscrossed
harmonies of ³Play it Right,² the gorgeously incongruous elements of
³Wolf,² the surreptitiously minimalist momentum of ³HSKT.² Sanborn¹s
production is fully modern and wonderfully active. He enlists
obliterating dubstep stutters and crisp electropop pulses, hazy
electrostatic breezes and epinephrine dancefloor turnarounds.
But this isn¹t a workout in production skills or a demonstration of
electronic erudition. Instead, his music syncs seamlessly with Meath¹s
melodies, so that the respective words and beats become a string of
ready-to-play singles. The irrepressible ³Hey Mami² webs handclaps and
harmonies around a flood of bass, a strangely perfect canvas for a tale of
dudes hollering at neighborhood tail (and, finally, finding the chivalry
not to do so). ³Coffee² sparkles and quakes, patiently rising from a
muted spell of seasonal affective disorder to a sweet rupture of
schoolyard glee. These pop cuts condescend neither to their audience nor
their makers. They are sophisticated, but with none of the arrogance that
can imply; they are addictive, but with none of the banality that can
entail. There is sensuality and sexual depravity, homesickness and
wanderlust, nostalgia and immediacy. Sylvan Esso acknowledges that the
world is a tumult of complications by giving you a way to sing and dance
with those troubles, if not to will them away altogether.
When Meath and Sanborn talk about Sylvan Esso, they come back to
context‹to how, before this project, they felt that their solo endeavors
often felt short of it, as if they were lacking a crucial component. That
is no longer a concern. When Meath sings to Sanborn a melody that she¹s
conjured and captured, he almost instinctively knows how to respond. And
when he delivers to her the backbone of a wordless beat, she adds lyrical
bait where he¹d only seen white space. Sylvan Esso represents the
fulfillment of their fortuitous encounter by, once again, linking parts
that too often come stripped of their counterparts. Here, motion comes
with melody. Words come with ideas. And above all, pop comes back with
candor.
Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family) - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dana Buoy (of Akron/Family)
Buoy began in 2009. After leaving NYC for the promise of high mystery, he found inspirations abound and decided to turn these into the art we know as song. Hand over hand the journey begins.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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