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n April Sylvan Esso released their second album What Now to critical acclaim. This includes high profile features running from the likes of The New York Times, Billboard, NPR and MTV as well as glowing reviews and widespread radio play. The band have now shared the video for album highlight ‘The Glow‘. The album has accumulated nearly 35 million streams worldwide. Sylvan Esso are headlining Prospect Park in Brooklyn on July 26th before continuing their U.S. tour in August and September.

Speaking of the video director Elise Tyler said: “Part of growing up is balancing the wonder and awe you have for the adult world mixed with a horrible feeling of emptiness – a mood switch that can flipped anytime, anywhere. Music, friends, sex, rebellion – we look to each of these to fill that seemingly unending void. I wanted to explore that tender space that occupies so much of our youth, building upon the song’s lyrics, where friends are idolized, music saves you, and every night feels like the most exciting night of your life.”

Sylvan Esso’s second album, 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, fulfillment 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 realization 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.

Watch the previously shared video for ‘Die YoungHERE
Purchase What Now on CD and Vinyl here and digitally here.
Praise for Sylvan Esso
“What Now exudes more confidence and sonic color: Meath….now implements a moredynamic attack with some cabaret twang here, some R&B roar there. And Sanborn’s production had billowed into 3-D, weaving synthetic tones with organic flourishes” – Relix
“Sylvan Esso knew they had a good thing going, and succeeded at reworking and redefining what they’d already done.” – Spin
“Meath and Sanborn have brought every bit of that growth to ‘What Now,’ a sophomore effort that sees them progressing as far in one album as most groups do in two or three. The hooks are bigger and more refined; the sound is direct and powerful enough to communicate from both festival stages and small computer speakers; the stylistic variety ranges from dance-pop to an almost acoustic lilt to a nearly a capellasong.” – Variety
“The sophomore album from the electronic pop duo offers a biting, withering take on pop music, full of crisp humor while still finding real moments of tenderness.” – Pitchfork
Sylvan Esso on Tour:
7/13 – Benicassim, Spain – Fib
7/14 – Gräfenhainichen, DE  – Melt! Festival
7/15 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
7/16 – London, UK @ Citadel Festiavl
7/26 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn *
8/4 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall [SOLD OUT]
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/6 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %
8/7 – Minneapolis MN – First Avenue %[SOLD OUT]
8/8 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium %
8/10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre %[SOLD OUT]
8/11 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheater %[SOLD OUT]
8/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot % [SOLD OUT]
8/13 – Missoula, MT – Traveler’s Rest
8/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore %[SOLD OUT]
8/16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %[SOLD OUT]
8/17 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %[SOLD OUT]
8/18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune $[SOLD OUT]
8/19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune $[SOLD OUT]
8/22 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater % [SOLD OUT]
8/23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater %
8/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium %
8/26 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park % [SOLD OUT]
8/27 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Outdoors %
8/29 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater %[SOLD OUT]
8/30 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater %
8/31 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall %
9/1 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theater %
9/14 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson #
9/15 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson # [SOLD OUT]
9/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #
9/17 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom #
9/19 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #
9/20 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #
9/21 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s #
9/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium #
9/23 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
9/25 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note #
9/26 – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC #
9/28 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
9/29 – Asheville, NC – Arena #
9/30 – Pittsboro, NC – Shakori Hills &
10/25 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10/26 – Berlin, Germany – Astra Kulturhaus
10/27 – Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche
10/29 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo
10/30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/1 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
11/2 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
11/3 – 4 – Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11/4 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
11/6 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institue2
11/7 – Bristol, UK – SWX
11/8 – London, UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/10 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club
11/11 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla [SOLD OUT]
11/12 – Glasgow, UK – Art School
11/13 – Leeds, UK – Brundenell Social Club
11/14 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli Theater
* w/ Middle Kids
% w/ Flock of Dimes
$ w/ Dana Buoy
#  w/ Helado Negro
& w/ Tune-Yards, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Well$

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