Sylvan Esso Recreates 10-Piece Dream Team Ensemble - From Their Most Recent Film/Live Album With - For Colbert’s #Playathome Series  | Shore Fire Media

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29 May, 2020Print

Sylvan Esso Recreates 10-Piece Dream Team Ensemble - From Their Most Recent Film/Live Album With - For Colbert’s #Playathome Series 



Sylvan Esso’s WITH - a feature length concert film and 16-track live album that captures the band at a transformative moment on their 2019 tour of the same name - is out now on Loma Vista Recordings. To celebrate the release, the band has shared a special performance of their song “Rewind” via The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s #playathome series. With each of the ten musicians who comprised the WITH touring band contributing individual parts, the performance is scrambled and re-assembled as a glitchy discovery on a long lost VHS tape. You can watch the performance on CBS All Access and on Youtube:

Last week Sylvan Esso also made a rare return appearance to NPR’s Tiny Desk for a home concert featuring songs from their “brilliant catalog.” They played “Radio”, “Rewind” and “Die Young” from their living room in front of a tangle of electronics. You can watch the performance here:

WITH captures a magical musical communion. In fall 2019, Sylvan Esso put together a 10-piece band of friends - ace musicians who also perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger, Hand Habits, Mr. Twin Sister, Mountain Man and more - and sold out historic venues like two nights each at the Beacon Theater and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Ryman Auditorium. The WITH film documents their triumphant sold-out hometown shows at Durham Performing Arts Center, and the two weeks of preparation that preceded them.  

Watch the WITH film - which debuted live as a YouTube Premiere and was also streamed on Twitch - in full here :

The band also performed remotely on Live From Here's first broadcast since lockdown and did an Instagram Live interview with KCRW. 


Praise for WITH:

"Something like Sylvan Esso’s very own Stop Making Sense" – Stereogum 

A special live has the energy of their collaboration while still capturing the incredible energy and songcraft of their wonderful wonderful songs" - NPR

"As a live force with few equals…a Sylvan Esso concert film is exactly what we're needing right now" - PASTE

"WITH at times so radically reinterprets the band’s catalog, it may as well be a new record" - AV Club


Sylvan Esso + the WITH band:

Meg Duffy (Hand Habits): Guitar

Dev Gupta (Mr. Twin Sister): Synths, Keys, Electronics

Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger): Drums, Electronics

Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso): Lead Vocals

Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso): Bass, Synths, Keys, Electronics, Vocals

Molly Sarlé (Mountain Man): Vocals

Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Mountain Man, Daughter of Swords): Vocals

Adam Schatz (Landlady): Woodwinds, Electronics, Vocals

Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak): Bass, Synths, Keys, Vocals

Joe Westerlund (Mandolin Orange): Drums, Percussion