Sylvan Esso Launches Psychic Hotline Record Label

Listen to "Neon Blue" from Amelia Meath and Blake Mills, the first installment of the Psychic Hotline Singles Series

By Scott Bernstein Aug 5, 2021 9:13 am PDT

Sylvan Esso recently announced the launch of their own record label, Psychic Hotline. The imprint was founded by the band’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn along with longtime manager Martin Anderson. Psychic Hotline shared “Neon Blue” from Meath and Blake Mills, the first installment of the label’s Psychic Hotline Singles Series.

Psychic Hotline will soon release new music and one-off collaborations from Anjimile, Bartees Strange with Eric Slick and Ohmme, Flock Of Dimes, Sanborn’s Made Of Oak project, Meath’s Mountain Man trio, Peach Fuzz, Sam Gendel, The Tallest Man On Earth, Uwade and more. Also coming is the Psychic Hotline Reissues series with Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut due on vinyl October 8 and a “special deluxe” Mountain Man release arriving later this year.

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn shared the following on their new label:

“We created Psychic Hotline to be the type of record company we had dreamed of. An artist-led enterprise that strives to do right in radical ways by the creators who entrust us with their work; in the deals we make, the way we do business and the way we center the art and the artist. 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.”

“Neon Blue” is backed by Gendel’s instrumental interpretation of the track and marks the first collaboration between Amelia and Blake Mills. Meath penned the lyrics and melody while flying from the label’s base in Durham, North Carolina to Los Angeles, where the pair recorded “Neon Blue” during a lone session held at the legendary Sound City facility. “From the beginning, it was obvious that it was a nighttime song, so the scene that we have to set with this sound has to be nocturnal, and feel like it takes you there without the song having to lyrically set the scene,” Mills said. “In trying to steer clear of something that felt terrestrial and American and familiar, it became more about trying to build something that felt more alien, sort of thinking — ‘What’s a combination of things that would feel like part of another world?'”

Stream/purchase both versions of “Neon Blue” below:

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