Song of the Week: Sylvan Esso's 'Hey Mami'02:44

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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."


This segment aired on March 24, 2014.