Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper: Sylvan Esso – “H.S.K.T.”

September 29, 2015

I’ve unashamedly replayed Sylvan Esso‘s self-titled debut album more times than I can count with accuracy. It has even made it into my coveted car CD collection rotation and gets played on any trip more than an hour long. Making their own waves in the flooded pop and electronic crossover subgenre, Sylvan Esso nail a sound that is consistently engaging, inventive, and certainly addictive. Live, it makes just as much sense as it does on the album. Drifting with and reworking their own compositions, each performance flows dynamically without missing a carefully placed beat. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find their latest Moog Lab session brought another dimension to one of my favorite track’s from the stacked album, “H.S.K.T.” Shedding a whole new light on the upbeat tune, Nick Sanborn and Amela Meath slide in flashy layers that add bulk without excess. Watching their familiar contorting body movements and interchanging smiles whirl in sync with the added textures gave me that same feeling of hearing Sylvan Esso for the first time. Below are a few more versions that range from live sessions to the original and are sure to get your feet a-tapping.




Viktoria Perla

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