Sylvan Esso have carved out a nice place for themselves. Instead of electronic music’s usual giant, more-is-more beats-upon-beats, sounds-upon-sounds, the duo strips down to vocals & tones. Yet they range from tracks that’ll get you on the dance floor as much as any EDM thumper, to emotional pieces which will reach out, on No Rules Sandy.
From opener “Moving” on, Sandy is restrained notes and vox, but that lets them shine all the more so. “Look At Me” manages to be both intricate in its rhythm, yet also catchy, while “Echo Party” is slyer and darker”. Sylvan Esso charm with “Didn’t Care”, but close out the album with the acoustic guitar strum of the sad “Coming Back To You”. And they’ve even thrown in six sub-minute recorded moments to space things out & change things up.
There are those few acts that manage to cross the indie/electronic divide, that both hipsters and clubsters will enjoy. Sylvan Esso pull that off put pulling themselves back to what they do best.