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WUNC Music is curated locally with songs that inspire, energize and bring joy to listeners across North Carolina. It’s a place for music discovery and a home to old favorites.

Sylvan Esso - WUNC's Songs We Love Podcast

A picture of Sylvan Esso.
Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

WUNC's Songs We Love

Here's the latest in our occasional series  called Songs We Love.  It's a look at the stories behind the songs we're playing on WUNC Music.  That's the new music stream from North Carolina Public Radio.  (WUNC's Songs We Love is also available as a podcast.)

For this episode we're focued on the song "Coffee." This is the break through song for the Durham band Sylvan Esso.  When it came out in 2014 it made a number of best songs of the year lists and at WUNC Music it remains one of the songs we love.

The band says writing songs like this one is an organic process.  Singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn says it starts with a beat, hook or twist of phrase -- then they just let it go.  For the full story and the song, make sure to listen to the podcast or this audio here:

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Brian Burns is the Music Director for WUNC Music, WUNC's AAA music discovery station. He has been working within the local music scene for over a decade. On the weekends you might see him DJing at various spots around the Triangle, or digging through boxes of records. He's also the host of King Street Soul on WHUP in Hillsborough, NC and a contributor to NPR Music. He graduated from UNC’s School of Information and Library Science with an MSLS in 2015.
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