A delicate song like a set of nesting dolls, Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami” opens bare-bones with gently layered vocals, piling on claps, bells and finally some hazy electronics. It’s a subtly genius track about a girl getting cat-called, the kind of song that turns “Blurred Lines” on its head with little to-do, with fragility turned strength. Listen closely, turn it up, repeat, wear it like armor.
Sylvan Esso is the collaboration of Mountain Man singer Amelia Meath and Megafaun bassist/producer Nick Sanborn. The duo only has two tracks out at the moment, but are touring the eastern seaboard through December. If you made the mistake of missing their show at Black Cat last night, try to chase them down in Philly on Friday, and while making travel plans stream “Hey Mami” below.
STREAM: Sylvan Esso — “Hey Mami”