Sylvan Esso have announced even more North American tour dates for 2018. Starting March 17th in Atlanta Georgia, these dates see the acclaimed duo taking their electric live show to cities across the country. The duo are playing venues that keep getting bigger on every single run, including both Greek Theatres in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and two nights at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.
Sylvan Esso’s sophomore album, What Now, was recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Electronic Album. It is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything on the album evolved - the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more irresistible, and the songs shine that much brighter.
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. 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.
Praise for What Now:
"Hearing a new song from Sylvan Esso always makes for a better day." - NPR
"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 acapella song. Sanborn’s musical training is evident not so much in virtuosity as the layered and tastefully restrained arrangements, which advance and recede deftly; the sound isn’t sparse but nothing’s there that doesn’t need to be, which leaves plenty of room for the hooks to sink in." - Variety
"Thank God for Sylvan Esso." - Observer
"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
"What Now exudes more confidence and sonic color: Meath....now implements a more dynamic 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
"Their sophomore album continues the band's journey into gorgeously layered noise, as evidenced on their latest single, "Die Young," which lets Meath's voice shine through brightly textured synths." - Elle Magazine
"...their sound is distinctive and largely theirs alone: It is Sanborn’s electronic beats and burbles that manage to never feel cluttered or heavy, coupled with Meath’s lyrics, dripping with urgency and delivered in her flawless croon." - Consequence of Sound
"Lead by the powerhouse voice of Amelia Meath (formerly of Mountain Man), the band's particular sound—all looped vocals, tongue-twisting lyrics, and bass-heavy synth beats—is the kind that sounds even better live than it does on your Apple earphones (if that's possible)." - Paper Magazine
"It reminds me of the post-IDM “laptop pop” of the late ’90s and early aughts, and it sounds tremendous this morning." - Stereogum (‘Kick Jump Twist’)
"...What Now, a record so good it answers its own title question and makes you eager to ask it again." - AV Club
"...there was a probing poetry to the songs, real artistry and depth inside the shabby geniality, which also marked the 2014 debut album, Sylvan Esso. What Now, the second album, builds on that with some added sophistication..." - KPCC
"Sylvan Esso answer What Now with bigger and better songs than their debut." - Earbuddy
"Sylvan Esso’s glittering, sharp brand of synth-pop is a thing of beauty. Today they’ve shared a brand new song called ‘Die Young’ that will wipe Kesha’s song of the same now right out of your brain and replace it with the same endorphin-spiked pop goodness. It makes me want to live forever, another big pop reference that they easily outshine." - Uproxx
"This is the follow-up to their pretty great self-titled 2014 debut, an electropop-folk fusion that boasts tight vocals, fluttering melodies and sleek production, and judging by the first three singles from What Now, it’s only going to get better." - Paste Magazine