Sylvan Esso are slaves to the “Radio” on new song — listen

Plus, fall tour dates and the promise of a new LP next year


Featured photo by Cameron Wittig

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2014, duo Sylvan Esso have been honing their indie pop chops more on the road than in the studio. In fact, one of the only pieces of new music they’ve shared in the interim was actually written for a podcast instead of any sort of album. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn are finally gearing up for their anticipated studio return, however, and it beings today with the release of their new single, “Radio”.

A resolute beat and twitchy electronics converge to create pulsating waves that feel like hands on your hips telling you how to sway. It’s a bit of a feint, though, as even as the track makes you move, the lyrics warn you against falling for the shallow sell of modern media. “Don’t you look good sucking American dick?,” Meath asks derisively. “You’re so surprised they like you/ You’re so cute and so quaint/ Singing, I got the moves of a TV queen/ Folk girl hero in a magazine/ Faking the truth in a new pop song/ Don’t you want to sing along?”

Listen above. “Radio” will be available as a 12-inch single b/w live staple “Kick Jump Twist” on November 18th via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-orders are going on here. You’ll also be able to hear Sylvan Esso perform the tracks — as well as material from their promised sophomore album, due out next year — at the tour and festival stops listed below.

Sylvan Esso 2016 Tour Dates:
09/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
09/09 – Knoxville, TN @ Mill & Mine
09/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/25 – Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/01 – Flushing, NY @ Meadows Music Festival
10/8 – Washington, DC @ All Things Go Fall Classic
10/15 – Kansas City, MO @ Fed Up Fest
10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival