SYLVAN ESSO ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM WHAT NOW
OUT 28 APRIL VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS
SHARE NEW SONG AND VIDEO ‘DIE YOUNG’
Watch ‘Die Young’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-_NNIX8cDA
Sylvan Esso – Amelia Meath & Nick Sanborn – have announced their long awaited new album today: What Now will be released on April 28th via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-order for the album is available here.
Anticipation has been building for the follow-up to their 2014 eponymous debut album, with the band releasing two tracks from the new album, ‘Radio’ and ‘Kick Jump Twist’. ‘Radio’ hit #1 on Hype Machine, and has become a streaming powerhouse, amassing 8+ Million streams while rocketing to #1 on Spotify’s Viral 50 charts (US and Global) and the band performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. ‘Kick Jump Twist’ also spent multiple weeks on the 6 Music A-List. Since their inception, Sylvan Esso haven’t played a single show that hasn’t sold out, this includes their upcoming date at London’s Village Underground which sold out in a matter of hours.
The band has shared another track off the record, titled ‘Die Young’. Listen here.
Filmed in the California desert, the ‘Die Young’ video is a high-octane, beautifully shot journey of theft, thrill and release.
What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything has evolved – the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more irresistible, and the songs shine that much brighter. However, it is also a record that was made in 2016 – which means it is inherently grappling with the chaos of a country coming undone, the voices of two people nestled in studios around the country who were bemused by what they looked out and saw. It’s an album that is both political and personal, and blurs the line between the two – What Now describes the inevitable low that comes after every high, fulfilment tempered by the knowledge that there is no clearly defined conclusion. It’s a record about falling in love and learning that it won’t save you; about the over sharing of information and the fine line between self-awareness and narcissism; about meeting one’s own personal successes but feeling the fizzling embers of the afterglow rather than the roar of achievement; about the crushing realisation that no progress can ever feel permanent. It is an album that finds its strength in its own duality. But at its core, What Now is an album of the finest songs this band has ever written – produced masterfully, sang fearlessly – to articulate our collective undercurrents of anxiety and joy.
Leading into the album release, the band will make an appearance at this year’s SXSW in Austin. In May, they will kick off of a headlining tour with dates in Europe including their sold out date a London’s Village Underground on 4 May.
The band have also announced their own massive hometown one-day festival at Shakori Hills in Pittsboro, NC on 30 September where Sylvan Esso will be joined by their friends Tune-Yards, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Well$ and more.
2. The Glow
3. Die Young
5. Kick Jump Twist
7. Just Dancing
9. Slack Jaw
13 March – SXSW @ The Mohawk (AV Club Presents Just Another Manic Monday)
15 March – SXSW @ The Scoot Inn (Lagunitas x Independence Bug Out)
15 March – SXSW @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (NPR Showcase)
2 May – Berlin, DE @ SchwuZ SOLD OUT
3 May – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
4 May – London, UK @ The Village Underground SOLD OUT
5 May – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere SOLD OUT
16-17 June – Eau Claire, WI @ Eau Claires Festival
14-16 July – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Melt! Festival
Praise for Sylvan Esso
“The effect is something akin to modern-day-field-recording-meets-club-hit.”
“Infectious and tantalising”
“Each track sparkles with a playful inventiveness… impossible to resist”
Q Magazine 4/5
“The silken sounds of Sylvan Esso are a cut above… the duo’s debut LP is a
“Sophisticated, urbane but very moving, one of the most original things we’ve heard this year.”
“A glistening ability to conjure emotion and capture a melody.”
Loud & Quiet 8/10
“Forthright electronic soul, with a real sense of purpose, character and gusto.” –
“As smart and inventive as it is breezy and ebullient.”
“the duo’s productions perfectly capture the grey-space that exists between genres”
The Line Of Best Fit