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.”