Single Review – Sylvan Esso – Die Young

The North Carolina electronic duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn make up Sylvan Esso. After a generally positive response to their ethereal and subtle self titled debut, dubbed ‘Folktronica’ in 2014, they have a second album set for release. What Now is due on April 28th and the duo have already teased a bolder and pop/dance influenced sound with singles such as Radio released last year. ‘Die Young’ is a more controlled sound with an element of depth though no less infectious. Here they have you hanging off bold and opaque electronica with light whirring sounds in between. It is a way of emboldening their sound whilst also slowing things down a bit. As they sound progresses, charged 80’s percussion slams in the background as the component parts of the song gradually to come together for a satisfying and rich conclusion. Excellently produced and arranged and expertly delivered. 

Owen Riddle

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