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Monday, March 24, 2014

Song of the Week: Sylvan Esso’s ‘Hey Mami’

NPR's Stephen Thompson Song of the Week is "Hey Mami" by the band Sylvan Esso. (Sylvan Esso/Facebook)

NPR’s Stephen Thompson’s song of the week is “Hey Mami” by the band Sylvan Esso. (Sylvan Esso/Facebook)

As he does every week, NPR music writer and editor Stephen Thompson brings us new music.

This week, Thompson shares Sylvan Esso‘s “Hey Mami” from the band’s self-titled album.

Thompson says it’s catchy but there’s a deeper message

“‘Hey Mami’ is a really interesting song, in part because it’s doing a lot of things at once: It opens with a long, mostly a cappella stretch, but it evolves into a throbbing dance song; it’s commenting on guys who make leering catcalls toward women, but it also functions as a catcall itself,” Thompson told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “It’s very coolly seductive while also commenting on less-cool attempts at seduction. It’s smart and playful and surprising, and you can hear the way it’s going to live on in dance remixes for years to come.”



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