Sasquatch 2015, Day 2: Sylvan Esso

Sasquatch
05/23/2015
Jacob Webb
photos by Brittany Bollay

Sylvan Esso was one of 2014's biggest and most unlikely sleeper successes, and now the left-turn electronic side project from two North Carolina folk veterans has entered 2015 as one of festival season's can't miss midcard staples, and it's clear to see why. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn's spartan stage is just the space for their own dance party, one that they just happened to invite one of the biggest crowds of the weekend to. Although their self-titled debut has a clear breakout track ("Coffee"), it's the album cuts that make their live show pop. The climbing thump of "H.S.K.T.", the loopy crunch of "Play It Right", and the buzzy pulse of "Dreamy Bruises" kept a massive crowd on their feet and the band themselves grooving in place. (Meath's dance moves deserve a special mention for their whimsical flow.) The last time Meath played Sasquatch was in 2012 as part of Feist's backing band, but as a frontwoman, she was more than capable at charming and leading the audience through their midday throwdown. There's a football chant in the United Kingdom that says to "sing when you're winning", and even if they don't know of it, Sanborn and Meath embodied that sentiment on Saturday evening for fifty stellar minutes.

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