Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Video - Sylvan Esso's "Coffee"

I know my rose will dry upon the skin, just like a name I remember hearing

A beautiful track from the eponymous debut studio album by American electronic' indie folk supergroup Sylvan Esso.

The band consists of singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun).

"Coffee"  - the follow up to the critically acclaimed Hey Mami/Play it Right which dropped last year - is the lead single for the Sylvan Esso album

The  Sylvan Esso album has rightly garnered wonderful reviews from critics with, for example, Stereogum calling it "a breezy, joyous piece of work" and selecting it as Album of the Week.

The minimalist, melodic, melancholy-tinged, yet uplifting "Coffee", was composed by Meath and Sanborn along with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

A song of love, longing and loss, where an evocative, stream of consciousness, staccato lyric is wrapped in sumptuous melodies and beats to create a  magical melange.

Amelia's sweet yet powerful voice is up front and center while Sanborn, who plays bass in the genre-destroying Megafaun, creates layers of intricate, pulsing grooves for her voice to inhabit.

Like coffee, all so sumptuous and so fucking addictive!

“Coffee” is tasty enough on it’s own, but the accompanying music unitard-tasic  video makes the song even more delicious. 

Band members Meath and Sanborn star in the Dan Huiting-directed video, which is filled with scenes of communal dancing in rural North Carolina. 

Set in slow-motion, the video mirrors the melodic melancholy that “Coffee” exudes. 

Nestled amongst the dancing scenes is a series of stark shots depicting the dreary aftermath of a college rager. The focus quickly turns back to a full-out contra dance processional, which features Meath’s sly moves. 

Feast your eyes on the video for “Coffee” and “get up, get down -- feel the general attention”!!

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