Shoplifting with Sylvan Esso

Rough Trade Records

February 7th, 2023

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In celebration of their new album No Rules Sandy, we had dynamic duo Sylvan Esso join us for our newest session of Shoplifting!

Photos by Olivia Cummings

The Durham, NC based electronic outfit Sylvan Esso got their start recording the self titled debut Sylvan Esso in a tiny bedroom studio. They soon skyrocketed to acclaim, headlining festivals and topping charts. The duo’s unique sound perfectly combines the crisp electronics of Nick Sanborn and the ethereal vocals of Amelia Meath while also fusing their folk roots.

Their newest album No Rules Sandy, via Loma Vista, acts as the third part in a trilogy nearly 10 years in the making. Their newest project finds them embracing the landscape they have created with their other albums. Recorded in only a few weeks in a rented studio in Los Angeles, the producer-songwriter duo created an album filled with dance tracks, emotional ballads, and interludes to keep the mind buzzing for more.

Sylvan Esso – No Rules Sandy

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We caught up with Sylvan Esso at our NYC store for our newest session of Shoplifting. An invitation to roam the racks in pursuit of the recorded material which has most inspired and shaped the pair’s sound today.

Nick and Amelia share their thoughts on the various picks ranging from folk to Ugandan dance.

Sharon Van EttenWe’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

Amelia Meath: My first pick is the deluxe edition of Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong.  I love Sharon Van Etten. I love all of her records. I haven’t heard this record yet, but I’m excited to hear it. I talked to her a lot while she was writing it, too. I’m just excited to see what’s in there.

Doug PaisleyGolden Embers

Nick Sanborn: My first pick is the ten inch pressing of Doug Paisley‘s Golden Embers. I love Doug Paisley. He’s a Canadian songwriter and guitar player. I toured with him forever ago. He opened for this band Megaphone that I toured with, like ten years ago, and it was one of the coolest. I looked forward to watching his set every night. He put this out right after I went on tour with him and I never even knew that it was on vinyl. This record and the one he did right before this, which is called Constant Companion, are insanely cool, singer-songwriter records. Also fun fact: on that record Garth Hudson from The Band plays organ and Leslie Feist sings backup.

Amelia: I remember when this came out because I was working for Leslie around that time, singing backup in her band.


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