Sylvan Esso returns with “What Now”

This past Friday, indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso released their sophomore effort. The album, called “What Now,” perfectly combines Amelia Meath’s captivating vocals and Nick Sandborn’s synth hooks.

Flashback all the way to September, when the band released their teaser from the album, “Radio.” The song was an immediate hit, signaling an exciting new direction for the duo and heightening anticipation for the release. Unfortunately, that anticipation left fans on the edge of their seats for nearly 9 months.

Fortunately, the album was worth the wait. The ten songs on the album combine Meath and Sanborn’s talents in diverse¬†ways, but still manage to form a cohesive whole. Their ability to produce original and enticing electronic sounds is unmatched in music at the moment. The songs have a futuristic vibe yet still seem approachable and of-the-moment.

My personal favorite is “Slack Jaw.” It’s stripped-down and emotionally resonant, its production a clear contrast from¬†the rest of the album. Meath’s confessional vocals stand alone on the ballad: “Sometimes I’m above water/But mostly I’m at sea…”

Sylvan Esso’s music is gaining increased attention at the perfect time, just as they begin their world tour. They visit Minneapolis for two days in August and I suggest buying tickets now before they sell out.