On a night when most of the world had their eyes and minds focused on Paris — on the lives that were cut short as they stood just as we stood, waiting to enjoy a night of music…Nick Sanborn graced the stage and spoke only a few words.
“I want to thank you all for coming out tonight and want to ask you guys for one thing…Be happy to be alive in this moment right now, and lets enjoy this night together.”
It was a subtle way to pay respect and also keep us present in that very room. At 1:30 AM, it was clear that every soul in Baby’s All Right was ready for to tune into a new frequency. Many, including myself, were unsure of what to expect of Made of Oak, having only seen Sanborn with his other half, Amelia Meath. But as he plugged his iPad in and set his levels, it was clear that this man was ready to deliver a sound all his own.
Having only dropped his debut EP, Penumbra, a week prior, it was difficult to discern between songs. This instead made it easier to be open and receptive to the sounds Sanborn has crafted. Songs flowed into one another seamlessly, with moments of chaotic elements dissolving into resolute peace. The same sentiment I believe he tried to express with his opening words.
Even the stage setup was the simplest that I’ve seen in a while. With Baby’s signature light wall dimmed, Sanborn’s rig was positioned center stage with two simple floor lights pointed upwards, casting shadows on the ceiling as he vibed and danced, entranced.
If you’re a fan of Sylvan Esso, then by association you’ve connected with the Made of Oak sound. Though sans the beautiful voice of Amelia, Sanborn’s production shines through with a focused albeit darker melody of its own. The standout track being the lead single, “Pinebender,” which he mixed in a perfect sample of Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli.”
Made of Oak is on a short tour now, listen to the new EP and take a moment to allow a new sound into your headspace.