Sylvan Esso was born after vocalist Amelia Meath asked producer Nick Sanborn to remix her haunting folk, largely a cappella trio, Mountain Man.
Sanborn was no stranger to Americana; he was a touring member of psychedelic rock band Megafaun. But, in his own time, also explored electronic territory, piecing together stuttering bedroom beats.
A couple of years later and both Mountain Man and Megafaun are "on hiatus," and in their place we have the debut record from Sylvan Esso.
Sanborn's sparse electronica proves an effective foil for Meath's melodies and Appalachian inflections. Neither are trying to re-invent the wheel – the album is consistent; likeable but not ground-breaking.
Their naivety lends the record charm, but the duo are at their strongest when they reach for something bolder, like on the playful 'Hey Mami' or the crunchy and woozy call-to-arms 'Play It Right'.
Consistent and considered, Sylvan Esso have cast the mould rigidly here for their take on folktronica, but I'm hoping that on the next record they find the courage to take that mould and smash it to pieces.