Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso have launched a new record label called Psychic Hotline.
Amelia Meath, Nick Sanborn, and their longtime manager Martin Anderson gave a brief description of their ambitions for the new label. It reads: “Working with Secretly Distribution and Kris Chen (Nonesuch, XL, Domino), the company seeks to create new works and reissue classic albums from their ever-expanding musical community.”
Meath and Sanborn, Psychic Hotline was an opportunity to create the kind of record label they’d always dreamed of: “We do not seek to own intellectual property under any circumstance, nor do we subscribe to scarcity-based career approaches. We strive to ever-expand our musical community; to welcome more voices and more perspectives. We believe that the only common denominator in great music is honesty in expression.”
As if that wasn’t enough, the first instalment of Psychic Hotline’s Singles Series has already been released. It includes tracks by Meath, as well as Blake Mills new song ‘Neon Blue’. It also features a cover of the same song by Sam Gendel. All singles will be available as digital releases as well as vinyl pressings.
Of the new Singles Series, Psychic Hotline wrote on Twitter: “It’s the inaugural instalment of the Psychic Hotline Singles Series, which will feature brand new music and one-off collaborations from Anjimile, Bartees Strange w/ Eric Slick and Ohmme, Flock of Dimes, Made of Oak, Mountain Man, The Tallest Man on Earth, Uwade and many more.”
Psychic Hotline is the duo’s latest venture, following the release of their third studio album, Free Love, in September 2020. Whilst it gained modest reviews, it has been described as: “The pair’s most cohesive body of work yet, and despite its more left-field moments, possibly their most accessible. Diehard fans will doubtless be thrilled by this exceptional addition to their discography, while the remainder of the population should anticipate inevitable conversion.”
Listen to ‘Neon Blue’ below.