10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Sylvan Esso’s twee sound. The duo’s cheerful, cheeky brand of folk-pop is surprisingly complex, with lyrics that point to a more cynical view of the world. What Now weaves between anxious happiness (“Just Dancing”) and lighthearted sadness (“Slack Jaw”), with most songs floating somewhere in the middle (“Kick Jump Twist” uses synths to toggle between moods). “Radio,” a magnificently meta takedown of cookie-cutter FM radio, is so layered that it borders on parody. Listen to Amelia Meath spit truth in perky, chirpy couplets: “Singin' I've got the moves of a TV queen/Folk girl hero in a magazine/Faking the truth in a new pop song/Don't you wanna sing along?”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Sylvan Esso’s twee sound. The duo’s cheerful, cheeky brand of folk-pop is surprisingly complex, with lyrics that point to a more cynical view of the world. What Now weaves between anxious happiness (“Just Dancing”) and lighthearted sadness (“Slack Jaw”), with most songs floating somewhere in the middle (“Kick Jump Twist” uses synths to toggle between moods). “Radio,” a magnificently meta takedown of cookie-cutter FM radio, is so layered that it borders on parody. Listen to Amelia Meath spit truth in perky, chirpy couplets: “Singin' I've got the moves of a TV queen/Folk girl hero in a magazine/Faking the truth in a new pop song/Don't you wanna sing along?”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
72 Ratings
72 Ratings
markusrules ,

Their best album yet.

Sylvan Esso made some serious art with this album. They played off of personal experiences and struggles and it made for a beautiful, relatable, well composed piece of art. Literally can't stop listening to this album, it's my favorite of 2017 so far. Can't wait to see them live in Cleveland!

Bale Critic ,

Dynamic

This music is so complex and heartfelt, yet grungy and cold. I love these two with a passion and would advise everyone to purchase this album. My friend introduced me to these two after they played in WA a few years ago and I've had them in my library ever since. Let's all shake our asses!

Galen94 ,

Amazing

One of the best albums of 2017.

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