Amelia Drives Around

I picked Amelia up at The Shelburne Museum the other day. It was a few hours before her soundcheck so she had some time to kill and we took a slow drive down by the lake. She drove. She’s a good driver.

Amelia is one half of the band Sylvan Esso. Nick Sanborn is the other half. I’m not great at music genres but I’ve heard their music described as ‘electro-pop’, as ‘glitchy metropolitan folk’ (what??). Anyway, their music is incredibly fun, bent, smart, and they can turn the end of the world into a dance party. Their show moves like a train. Non-stop dancing and a stunning light show.

Last time I talked with Amelia was about a year and a half ago. Since then, Sylvan Esso has entered the drinking water. It’s everywhere. They’ve gotten famous, which I figure must be a really strange thing to be. Amelia and I drove around and I asked her what it’s like to be famous, which is one of those things that you’re not really supposed to talk about, but I wanted to know what it feels like, and how fame affects her life. And also we talked about other things…and she sang a little.

Here’s a show. It’s driving around with Amelia. And lots of great music.

And there’s some swearing.

Sylvan Esso’s latest music video: Parade.

Sylvan Esso official website



  1. Sagevt
    Sagevt August 10, 2018 at 2:27 pm | | Reply

    The laughing about Helen Keller crying reminds me of the laughing about Amelia Earhart in your interview with Leland. This was so good.

  2. Jon
    Jon August 12, 2018 at 5:47 am | | Reply

    Thanks Erica, for another lovely show. So pleased that Amelia is not so famous now that she doesn’t have time for this sort of conversation. Still enjoying their music, having been introduced to it through Rumble Strip, even though I’m a child of the Sixties.

  3. Stan Stowards
    Stan Stowards September 8, 2018 at 7:46 am | | Reply

    Great music. Great talk. And I’m sure the driving was great, too.

  4. Reese
    Reese July 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    A greedy Q: Is there another with Amelia, + Molly & Alexandra coming? They mentioned an excellent dinner with you at Honey Road, beforehand, during their lovely set at the UU, last month. Even if not, thanks for feeding that part of Amelia’s talented family.

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