Sylvan Esso’s Profession in Gear: “We printed the total track as a result of the radio transmitter, and that was the model that finished up currently being on the record”

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are Sylvan Esso, a duo recording radiant electro-pop that thrums with unrestrained emotion. Balancing the scales between all-out pop melodicism and digital experimentation, their 3rd album Free Enjoy observed them go out of the box and more into modular synthesis, earning them a 2022 Grammy nomination for Ideal Dance/Electronic Album in the process.

Although they are reinvigorating pop music with adventurous sonic tactics, Nick and Amelia are no gear snobs: they’re equally content operating an full monitor by a radio transmitter and pushing Ableton’s stock plugins to their restrictions as they are laying down chords on a monolithic Moog Voyager XL. For our Profession in Gear function, the pair plucked 5 essential tracks from their discography and gave us some insights into the 5 pieces of studio machines that outlined their audio.

1. Make Sound Phonogene