For a long time, I didn’t really want to come out. Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images. Lia Clay. “There is an amazing game called Sword and Sworcery. “Free,” the song itself, [is about] the fact that so much of love is about trying to figure out how you want to be perceived. I went back in [the closet]. Put me on the couch!”, Credit: It was the first time that I figured out that food was art, which was really exciting as a teeny little weirdo. “It was like, ‘Oh no, this is bad.’”, Free Love was meant to accompany a massive tour, spanning multiple festival appearances (including Bonnaroo’s legendary SuperJam) that would’ve put the record’s most intimate moments into the hands of hundreds of thousands. Because you're married to your bandmate, can you talk to me about your conversations with him about queerness? I publicly came out at first when I was 14. “Free Love shows us embracing the complexity of being human, with pop music that doesn't undercut how complicated being a person is,” he adds. “They're sad songs that sound really happy.”. Also, no one pays for music anymore, so I wanted to highlight that. It’s their way of saying that real people made this music, and the technology they use doesn’t make it any less “authentic.” In a year full of conflict and struggle, a proclamation of the strength and limitlessness of love is just what society needs. With this, I just f---ing love it. She first came out as bisexual to her family at age 14, and again to her close friends in her mid-20s. Their third album, Free Love (out September 25), takes a somewhat different approach. I think [the shame] was around not wanting to claim something that I wasn't 100% sure of. Elliot messaged Emma and the rest is history, with the … The duo, who blends folk melodies and electronic production, first broke out with their 2014 eponymous debut album, whose delicate songs tend to zoom in on one simple thing — a cup of coffee, … It's something that you can't have with somebody that you haven't worked with for this long.”, Seven years into their creative partnership, Meath and Sanborn still find new joys in making music together. My singing voice is the negative imprint of my insides, I feel like an actual wind instrument [when I do it]. In it, she gazes at the camera and keeps herself afloat while singing the words to the record’s intro track, “What If.” Her lithe voice, processed through a vocoder, sounds eerily calming as glitchy electronic noises swell into a crescendo around her words. We named our band after them. Also a member of the folk trio Mountain Man, Meath is the vocal powerhouse and lyrical mastermind of Sylvan Esso. Now, I've totally stepped more into the role of producer, and we're actively co-producing in this totally new, really exciting way. “You plan out in your mind like, ‘Oh, this is going to be it. “Even when she's resting, I can see her mind moving. “Marriage rules.”. As a semi-public figure, the more I give myself the power to say how I feel and think, the more I can hopefully open the door of others thinking, "I like that girl, she likes girls, too. Sylvan Esso brings together singer/songwriter Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn. Then, in between their first and second album, they got married — something the pair are only now comfortable discussing in public. Put me in a thong, let me do a hit! Also “free love,” the phrase, is so gross. I'm over-the-moon thrilled at the size of our audience at this moment. Married couple and musical duo Sylvan Esso released their third album, "Free Love," Sept. 25. There's so much talking and moving through how each song is an energetic roller coaster, and figuring out how to push the sound through, to create the chemical reaction that hopefully leads to ecstatic joy. So [there’s] just a bunch of little cute baby queers coming up and being like, "We named our pet bunny Sylvan.”. With Sylvan Esso and Mountain Man, do you feel like those two different bands are different extensions of yourself? But those looking to dig deeper will find Meath’s tongue-twisting choruses (“Sainted halo, underworld goth vibes/You'll do fine/For tonight,” Meath sings on “Ferris Wheel”), which walk hand-in-hand with Sanborn’s vibrant, supportive production. The duo also willingly offer multiple points of entry. A few years ago, solo artist Meath thought it would be fun to see what Sanborn would do with one of her songs, and now, as the duo Sylvan Esso, they have two successful albums, a near-constant tour schedule and a Grammy nomination. After Coachella, Meath returned to Durham, N.C., where she’d moved after decamping from Brooklyn. The duo’s self-titled 2014 debut paired Meath’s “secretive, intimate” songwriting with Sanborn’s propulsive and sticky production, and they were soon selling out clubs around the country and booking major festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Austin City Limits. That is the true magical cultural spell. them. At first, I would write lyrics and melody, and he would do production. What Sylvan Esso have done is let some of the day-to-day realities of being a married couple subtly make its way into the songs. “It's the best thing we've ever made,” Meath says. After you came out to your family and they didn’t affirm your bisexuality, how did you eventually come around to accepting it for yourself? “What Amelia was doing was reacting to this increasingly tense world around us,” Sanborn says. My really sweet friend Kelsey, when I came out to her was like, "Yeah, you surround yourself with queer people. As I was singing around the house as I was growing up [in Cambridge, Massachusetts], whenever I would try to put on a different style of singing, my mom would yell from the kitchen, "Use your own voice!" Where does your love of dance music — or music to dance to — originate from? For them, right now, success is in the small things. [We wanted] it to feel like it was one expression. At first glance, their songs could seem straightforward, with recurring themes of love, intimacy, friendship, solitude, and breaking conventions. They're one and the same to me. Straight people don't do that.". The rest of the record is blistering, honest, and deeply funny; songs touch on success (“Slack Jaw”), the versions of ourselves we choose to put on display every day (“Just Dancing”), and an album by the short-lived Washington rock band The Microphones (“The Glow”). Success is making one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums. Ad Choices, Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath Is Stepping Out Into the World, Again, Frank Ocean and Luca Guadagnino Worked on Music Video Together, Director Says, Listen to Chika’s New Song “My Power” From Netflix’s, Trans Trenderz Is the Revolutionary Record Label Spotlighting Black Trans Artists, 11 New Songs By Queer Artists You Need to Hear: Perfume Genius, Chris, Kehlani, More. “She’s like a perpetual motion machine,” Sanborn says of Meath. When you say that queer people came up to you, because of your music, what kinds of things were they saying or expressing? “The growth that we're actually interested in is just being a better band,” Sanborn says. They're really aggressive songs. That's when it spans everybody and it's just undeniable. In it, there is a creature called a Sylvan Sprite. “I feel like the record makes more sense now than it would have had this not happened,” Sanborn says. Considered “electropop,” Pacific Northwest fans will recognize their sound as indie electronic. The apex of that intersection comes halfway through the album in the form of “Free,” a song the band says served as the key that unlocked the rest of Free Love. From the moment she met Meath and her group, “it was clear that we needed to spend a couple of years together,” Feist recalls. Listeners who approach them on that level alone will find plenty to be thrilled with. From Sylvan Esso through What Now. Each song is equal parts surprising and delightful. He's just really supportive. Soon after, she told her boss that she had plans to record songs with the musician Nick Sanborn, who she had first met when she was 22. That’s certainly true of Meath, who, at 31, is ready to talk about her queer identity for the first time to the press. “I was referring to the record itself [coming out]. Jokes Meath, “So many of our songs have been about the collapse and/or ruination of society through excess, but talked about in a really fun way. It’s also for people to get together, it's a true community builder and unifier. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. When I came out to him, he was like, "Yeah, of course, totally." Every queer person that I know was always very delicately talking about my queerness. Their 2017 sophomore record, What Now, leaned into a harder dance sound and increasingly dystopian lyrics, and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. © 2020 Condé Nast. The first time I got to go to Prune, the restaurant, I was nine or 10. That was the most exciting part of this record — all of the sudden recognizing that so much of the work that I've been doing for this whole time was being a producer. ... She had posted a video to a song by Sylvan Esso and, when the band shared the video, it immediately caught the Inception actor's eye. How cool it is that we've made these weird songs and they resonated with that many people? “There are certain themes that the band has been dancing around for the six years that we've been putting out records,” Meath says. I continued living my little gay life being a straight person, or saying that I was. For Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the friction is essential to what makes their creative collaboration tick. I can't think of a better present.”, Meath interjects. The whole album is about flipping through all of the different loves that exist, and trying to find them again. “It's still such a challenging and exciting thing to make intrinsically fun, catchy music that reaches towards deeper truths that aren't lizard brain.”. Sylvan Esso's songs are really aggressive, no one really talks about them that way. “Ring” is a literal reference to the commitment of marriage; “Frequency” is an ode to the concept of “the one,” something that the two obviously subscribe to. They've been supportive of each other's career … When the Canadian singer-songwriter Feist was booked to perform at Coachella in 2012, she knew two things: first, she needed a full orchestra, and second, she needed to bring Sylvan Esso … Success is building upon an expanding legacy. Pop music and folk music are the same thing, they're just two different frames on making something that everybody can identify with. Prune had this matchbook that had a pin-up [model] on the front of it, and I kept it like a little creep and put it in my wallet to be like, “I love food, and also I really like this lady. Free Love, out Sept. 25 via Loma Vista, expands Sylvan Esso’s expertly laid groundwork across ten intricate songs. She made her television debut with Sylvan Esso on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 9, 2014. Meath and Sanborn began working on Free Love in early 2019, two months after wrapping their tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore effort. “Ferris Wheel” and “Rooftop Dancing” — the first two singles off Free Love — both mention dancing as a medium for connection. Also, we just like hanging out a lot. “It makes me want to be a better partner and a better producer. Before Fame. “That being said,” she adds. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. It’s almost creepy how prevalent those themes are in the world now.”. Every now and then, there's an amazing record that does it, like Taylor Swift's 1989, where everybody decided it was good. Elliot Page and Emma Portner started dating after meeting on Instagram in 2017 and got married about six months later.. Oh my god, that’s so cute. Meath, 32, and Sanborn, 37, first began working together in 2013, when the former asked the latter, under his Made of Oak project, to remix a Mountain Man song called “Play It Right.” The two realized their styles meshed better than one lone track could express, so they teamed up as Sylvan Esso. It inspires how much effort I want to put into improving my own craft so that I can hopefully be at the level that she's at someday.”, “Nick pushes me towards being as articulate as I can be in order to justify all of the beautiful spaces that he creates,” Meath says. Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved. “It became this guiding idea [that she was] acknowledging the anxiety of the present while also reflecting on all different forms that love has taken in her life,” Sanborn tells me over the phone later. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn make up the electronic-folk duo known as Sylvan Esso, which pays a visit to The Mill and Mine in Knoxville on Friday. Maybe I like girls.". Sign up for our weekly newsletter here. Also a member of the folk trio Mountain Man, Meath is the vocal powerhouse and lyrical mastermind of Sylvan Esso. Though she has hinted at her queerness by switching around pronouns in live performances and using merch to raise funds for LGBTQ+ organizations, she gradually came to the conclusion that coming out to the world could help her and her LGBTQ+ listeners. Portner called it a "movement film," and it featured the two dancing to the song "Slack Jaw" by Sylvan Esso. It was released/out on 2017 in English dialect, by some Music Recording Company, as the follow-up to last studio/Mixtape Album. “So it's obviously, on our tiny little scale, a huge bummer that all of that went away.”, But both agree there’s an unexpected upside to being forced to scale things down. Even while talking to her through a screen, I could see her inclination to use flitting hand motions to punctuate her thoughts about the idea of “free love,” stepping into a producer role on the forthcoming album, and making pop music that has the power to unify. What does the phrase “free love” mean to you? Realizing that is one of the many stories behind their beautiful new album, Free Love, the third Sylvan Esso record. Then, everything else drops out and Meath sings: “So open wide/She’s coming out.”, When I talk to Meath a week after that clip is released, the singer tells me that the reference to “coming out” technically wasn’t about her or her sexuality. Matthew Priestley, Meath (left), in the trio Mountain Man, before she teamed up with Sanborn (right), who was then recording under his Made of Oak project, | Sylvan Esso Married; What Now is the studio/Mixtape Album by artist/Rapper/DJ Sylvan Esso, and Album has highlight a Pop sound. “It was this sort of instantaneous respect, and it felt reciprocal.”, But the partnership didn’t last long. Sylvan Esso has always been a duo, featuring the beats and electronics of Nick Sanborn and the voice of singer Amelia Meath. The two released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records on May 12, 2014. Sylvan Esso: Amelia Meath on life on the road Amelia Meath ditched hipster Brooklyn to move to Durham, which is just one of the things that have helped her musical project with Nick Sanborn to thrive We caught up with Sylvan Esso via Zoom to find out about that tour, Sanborn’s newfound love of modular, and how a new studio has helped the pair - who have been married since 2016 - separate their home and creative lives. “Give me a smash hit,” she says with a laugh. The arenas will (god-willing) still be there next year, though. For Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the friction is essential to what makes their creative collaboration tick. Then, I moved to Durham [around age 24]. Is it your goal, in Sylvan Esso, to make music that’s unifying? Just about how it was such a formative moment for me [regarding] how much I love food and how similar it is to music — that you can imbibe love — and also slowly figuring out that I was queer. But because so much of my role in producing is invisible labor, it's really hard to identify until you give yourself that permission. Sylvan Esso is about songs that are for rooms of people to be moving in and feeling those feelings together. It traffics in intimacy and self-preservation in the face of opening oneself up to love. I don't know.” [laughs] I got to write to [the owner] Gabrielle Hamilton about that, recently, after her beautiful article [about closing the restaurant]. Durham's a super wonderful queer space to be in. “Ferris Wheel” is about being a 14-year-old creep, figuring out how to have sex, being female-bodied, and realizing that people are responding to you for the first time. The pair also talks about why it’s good for them to fight when working together on new material. A few short years later, I was side stage at [Bon Iver’s festival] Eaux Claires watching her and Nick headline, watching thousands of people singing every word.”, In a pandemic-free world, Meath and Sanborn — the musical duo now beloved as Sylvan Esso — would soon be trotting out their third album, Free Love, to massive festival crowds around the world. “Because, really, so often what we're doing is just describing the thing that the other has made.”, Though Sylvan Esso have danced around their opinions on traditional success in their music for nearly a decade now, both say Free Love comes closest to what they’ve been told success should feel like. Sylvan Esso was born out of the same kind of adventurous collaboration. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. Elliot Page and Emma Portner got married in 2018. Success is never compromising for the sake of a win. “She's like, ‘Yeah, I think I'm in love. “In everything you write, there are so many different layers to the truth,” she tells them. Sylvan [Esso] often tends to be like a date show that people go to. All of those were represented in it, and it's such a poke. September 27, 2017: The couple went to their first movie premiere together In doing so, Sylvan Esso redefines what it means to put on a live electronic music performance. I think some sort of shame spiral happened. Singer who was originally a third of the group Mountain Man, then later became a member of Sylvan Esso with electronic music producer Nicholas Sanborn. Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post via Getty Images; Scott Dudelson/Getty Images. I think it might be because we're a male and female duo, with female vocals so everyone assumes it's a soothing thing or whatever. One of the things I adore so much about her is that she's endlessly, and in a positive way, curious about the world and every living thing in it.”. ... Sylvan Esso – From the Satellite | Oct 20, Nov 17, & Dec 1 at 8PM; Do you feel like your queerness or your bisexuality was something that was present throughout your work, even if you weren’t talking about it in the media? I've tried to delve back into high school shit, and just have completely been unable [to]. Meath and Sanborn wed in 2016, and you can clearly hear the echoes of married life bounce off the walls of the album. So many queer people were seeking me out for years, for the music that I'm making. “I remember her being like, ‘It's sort of electronic music and he's going to make beats and I'm going to sing and it's going to be massive and amazing.’ She just had a big grin on her face, overflowing with ideas. I've spent a lot of time trying to strip away affectation from the way I sing. Meath is also a fabulous dancer, and movement continues to be a crucial aspect of her self-expression. In July, the pop duo Sylvan Esso shared the first teaser video for their forthcoming album Free Love, featuring vocalist Amelia Meath bobbing in a vast body of water. Success is in learning the other’s language and using it to grow. Then we don't talk about my songs.”, She rolls her eyes and smiles. “We each work endlessly at being better as individual artists and improving our creative relationship. It's for everybody. Unlike so many other art forms, everybody feels the right to have an opinion about music, which is what drew me to it in the first place. Couples can get married on the First Avenue stage or dance floor in front of family and friends. Instead, they’re Zooming from Durham today (Meath from their home, Sanborn from his car in a parking lot several miles away, en route back from their studio) and plotting their most DIY rollout since 2014. The goal is to make songs that touch parts of people's being that haven't been touched before, to write truly original songs about things that people have sort of heard about but then point [out] a new thing. Available now! “It feels like what it used to be like when I would book Mountain Man shows by cold-calling venues.”, Free Love is somehow prescient and nostalgic in the same breath. ... Now married, the couple write more solidly as a unit. Both Sylvan Esso albums have cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 sales chart, with last year’s “What Now” reaching No. I am down. through a video call from her home in Durham, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and fellow-Sylvan Esso bandmate Nick Sanborn. October 4, 2020. My singing voice is so personal in that it is exactly who I am, and there's a certain ringing vulnerability in that. The band consists of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Made of Oak). They beckon to fans who want to dance, and they warmly embrace folk devotees looking for contemplative and nuanced songwriting that doesn’t pander. It was also a process of having other people identify me as queer, and me being like, “No I can't do that because I'm in a heteronormative situation.” Then I slowly realized that me saying that I was bi could be true, and is true. ‘Dreamy Bruises’ off of Sylvan Esso’s debut album. “She was looking inward and trying to remember all the times when loving other people was incredibly easy. “It's happened a couple of times where we'll be getting interviewed and I am only asked about what it's like to be in a relationship with my creative partner. 10 funny mockumentaries to remind us about the absurdity of life, Family-friendly Halloween films for boos big and small, How Sufjan Stevens made an upbeat album about the 'crisis of humanity', Yusuf/Cat Stevens breaks down every song on his seminal breakthrough, Wayne Coyne on near-death experiences, Ken Burns, and the Flaming Lips' new album American Head. Sylvan Esso recently released their third album Free Love, and on the next World Café, they share live performances of the new songs. Realizing that is one of the many stories behind their beautiful new album, Free Love, the third Sylvan Esso record. Then 24, Meath was a member of Mountain Man, an all-female North Carolina trio who’d been enlisted by Feist as backup singers on her Metals tour. New album Free Love out 9/25/2020 on Loma Vista Recordings. I think that pop music is so sacred. Part of Sylvan Esso’s draw is just that — uncompromising pop music presented as pop music, but pop music that doesn’t talk down to its listeners. But it's also about me and Nick stepping out into the world, trying to be honest and authentic in new ways, all the time.”. They were in Los Angeles mixing the album this spring when the pandemic hit, forcing them to fly home to North Carolina (“mostly because we went to the Silver Lake Whole Foods and were like, ‘Oh, f--k, we’ve got to get out of here’”) before things took a turn. I feel like Mountain Man is talking about very private, soft emotions that maybe you and your sweetie share. “Free Love is the first realization of a thing we've been shooting at for a long time, which is for Sylvan Esso to not feel like two people,” Sanborn says. Yes. Sometimes it ends partnerships, sometimes it fuels them. 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Free Love is the first album since Sylvan Esso founders Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn got married. All rights reserved. Get the best of what's queer. And we're going to make a wicked record,’” Feist says with a laugh. They released their first album “Sylvan Esso” in 2014, married in 2016, and released their sophomore album “What Now” in 2018. “She’s able to point out when I'm succeeding and when I'm failing in a way that doesn't ever feel like a put down or hyperbole,” Sanborn says. For a band that’s leveled up with every release, it’d be too low-hanging a fruit to say the sky's the limit for Sylvan Esso. When the Canadian singer-songwriter Feist was booked to perform at Coachella in 2012, she knew two things: first, she needed a full orchestra, and second, she needed to bring Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath with her. Sylvan EssoFree LoveLoma Vista Coming out of Durham, North Carolina, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn formed Sylvan Esso in 2013 as a means for both artists to explore new musical terrains. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Were there moments from when you were younger that helped you realize you were queer? Elliot married Emma Porter two years ago Credit: GETTY IMAGES. Offers may be subject to change without notice. “Every other time I've finished a record, I'm not interested in hearing it again. “Every day, we would look out the window and see less and less traffic,” Meath says. “Let me talk to America about how I don't shave my armpits. We have a super queer club called the Pinhook in the center of town, it's been here forever. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons By Katelyn Ragland. Sylvan Esso aren’t devotees of subwoofer smashers; they have plenty of skittish and downtempo tracks in their repertoire. If you were to describe your own singing voice, how would you do it? We're going to break through,’” Sanborn says. Their latest project, WITH, leans into their alternative side. The goal is trying to talk about truly intimate things, but I chose two different routes. After touring through the summer and fall of 2019, Meath and Sanborn began working on their third album. It's fucking not. I realized [around this Pride month] that it could be quite useful [to come out], for me, and also for other people who are in a similar situation — particularly because bi-ness is so easily made invisible. 100%, I do. Free Love seemed like a really fun, super cheeky thing to name the record. Was it finished before the current pandemic hit? The reflipping of that is so fun to me. When did you do most of the work on the new record. (Sanborn is usually the “math-brained production wizard,” she says.) I got a lot of feedback from my family that unless I was fucking girls all the time, I was not queer enough. Realizing that is one of the many stories behind their beautiful new album, Free Love, the third Sylvan Esso record. The two released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records on May 12, 2014. Sylvan Esso is composed of producer Nick Sanborn and vocalist Amelia Meath. The married couple Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn make up Sylvan Esso. “I was really, really protective of the information for years and years, mostly out of a mixture of fear of the patriarchy,” Meath says. All of the walls that used to exist between us and divide our roles just slowly came down through the maturity of communication. “We always make records about how the world is dying,” Meath says. (Sanborn is usually the “math-brained production wizard,” she says.) Every time we've improved that, our audience has gotten bigger. 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