Sylvan Esso’s Moog SoundLab video in advance of Asheville show

Sylvan Esso, photo courtesy of the band

Whether or not you’ve got tickets for Sylvan Esso‘s Monday, Sept. 28 show at Highland Brewing, this video is a perfect introduction to the dance music duo. And if you caught the band’s mostly sold-out debut tour, you already know it’s hard to listen to any Sylvan Esso song and remain sitting still. This version of “H.S.K.T.,” recorded at Moog Music as part of the Moog SoundLab series, is no exception.

From the video notes: “Using Ableton Live to route MIDI messages to an array of analog synthesizers, Nick Sanborn controls his Minitaur for basslines as well as a tower of Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Editions to produce H.S.K.T.’s percussive track. Ableton’s master MIDI clock locks the arpeggiator tempo of a Moog Sub 37, which all ran through an MF-104M Analog Delay. Vocalist Amelia Meath played a Werkstatt running through the Minifooger Delay, and sang through another MF-104M Analog Delay. Nick then sequenced the whole thing with his Akai APC40. The only prerecorded sound was a loop of of Amelia singing “wanna get” from the original track.”

Tickets are still available for the Sept. 28 show ($22 advance/$25 day of show). Tuskha opens, music starts at 7 p.m.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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7 thoughts on “Sylvan Esso’s Moog SoundLab video in advance of Asheville show

  1. Curious

    Does it matter that the listener can’t understand her words? Maybe the reporter could transcribe the lyrics for her readers.

  2. That Guy

    Asheville hates electronic music. Why bother? Moog was born in New York, should’ve stayed there.

    • Curious

      Thanks also. Now I see it’s kind of elliptical poetry. Still don’t know what it means, but it sounds nice.

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