SYLVAN ESSO’s sophomore album, What Now (2017), is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential promised by their debut album. Everything has evolved: The production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are brighter, and the songs are that much more expansively open and cohesive.
The American electro-pop duo from North Carolina, comprising vocalist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, started out in 2014 as a collaborative project between two new friends. Two records and more than 100 million streams later, Sylvan Esso has perfected the art of writing a pop song. The album’s third single, ‘Die Young’, is proof. This set is going to be energetic fun.
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