Live Review: Sylvan Esso @ The Anthem –11/11/21

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Sylvan Esso shakes out the numb at The Anthem on Nov. 11, 2021. (Photo by David LaMason)


Sylvan Esso, the most prominent electronic duo to emerge from Durham, North Carolina, have been keeping themselves busy in the time I had last seen them (holy cow, has it really been three years?!).

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Music Park: Sylvan Esso @ The Anthem — 7/26/18

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Sylvan Esso dazzles a packed The Anthem on July 26, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

There’s a magic that Amelia Meath (vocals) and Nick Sanborn (producer/sound engineer) create. It’s an infectious feeling generated by Amelia’s compelling voice and energetic dance moves — itself buoyed by the soundscapes formed and molded by Nick’s panel of sounds. Over the past two LPs (2014’s self-titled Sylvan Esso and last year’s What Now), the North Carolina-based Sylvan Esso created beat-soaked tunes that stick in your head. But it’s their live show that’s a force to behold.

On Thursday night at The Anthem, the duo pulled no punches.

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