Sylvan Esso is an American indie pop duo from Durham, North Carolina.
The band consists of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Made of Oak). They made their debut with the single “Hey Mami” and released their eponymous debut album on Partisan Records.
Lead singer Amelia Meath, who was at the time involved with her trio, Mountain Man, created the vocals to the song called Play It Right. She later met electronic music producer Nick Sanborn in Milwaukee at the Cactus Club, performing at the time solo as Made of Oak, nd asked him to make a rendering of her single, Play It Right, in his own way. From 2012 to 2013, the band slowly formed. Meath had returned from a year-and-a-half tour with Feist and was looking for an affordable place to live, thus landing in Durham with Nick and began making their album, with all of their songs being recorded in Nick Sanborn’s apartment bedroom. Sanborn expressed that his music “sync[ed] seamlessly with Meath’s melodies, so that the respective words and beats became string of ready-to-play singles.”